The Intersection of Fashion and Disability: A Historical Analysis

Autor Kate Annett-Hitchcock
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 2 noi 2023
The history of the fashion industry has been well written as it relates to people who conform to certain physical norms and cultural stereotypes, whereas the inequality in access to the world of fashion has been largely ignored. Despite this lack of coverage, much work has taken place over the centuries to enable people who live with disability to participate in fashionable culture. This book tells that story via perspectives of notable historical figures, events and movements, and continues the discourse with a look at some of the contemporary developments in clothing and fashion.The Intersection of Fashion and Disability takes the long view, from early attempts to conceal 'unsightly' bodies of royalty and nobility via creative innovation through growing contemporary awareness of inclusive fashion and how future work can be driven by technology and cultural acceptance.
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ISBN-13: 9781350143111
ISBN-10: 1350143111
Pagini: 256
Ilustrații: 50 bw illus
Dimensiuni: 156 x 234 mm
Greutate: 0.54 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom


50 images show the history of clothing for people with disabilities, providing a timeline for anyone interested in learning about key developments in fashion as it relates to disability.

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Kate Annett-Hitchcock is a Professor in the Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University, USA. Prior to this, she was on the faculty at East Carolina University, Virginia Tech and the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her research focuses on clothing for health and well-being; fashion entrepreneurship, and historical and cross-cultural inspirations in fashion.


List of FiguresContributorsPrefaceForewordAcknowledgementsAbbreviationsGlossary1. Establishing SignificanceIntroduction1.1 Purpose of the book: It's a fashion story!1.2 Medical and social models of disability1.3 Framing of disability fashion historySummary2. Underpinnings: Events Prior to 1800Introduction2.1 Setting the stage for the historical discussion2.2 Pre-eighteenth century2.3 Impact of the Age of Enlightenment: 1740-1800SummaryBoxed Profiles: Mrs. Morrell and Miss Hawtin3. Improvisation and Innovation: 1800-1920Introduction3.1 The early to mid-nineteenth centuryCharitable Organizations3.2 The late nineteenth century: Effects of war3.3 The early twentieth century: War, therapy & industrySummaryBoxed Profile: Lavinia Warren4. Rehabilitation, independence & finally fashion: 1930s to early 1970sIntroduction4.1 Impact of work, World War Two and rehabilitation: 1925-19504.2 Academic and government funded research: 1950-19734.3 Independent designers-Research and practice: 1950-19604.4 Connecting research, outreach and small business through independence & civil rights movements: 1960-19734.5 Other activist efforts and government initiativesSummaryBoxed Profile: Frida Kahlo5. Individual appearance management between two Acts: 1973-1990 Introduction5.1 Impact of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act5.2 Centers and workshopsDesign Without LimitsCenter for Universal Design5.3 Other relevant publications5.4 The beginning role of retailSummaryBoxed Profile: Sunae Park Evans, Senior Costume Conservator, Smithsonian Institution6. Contemporary Design and TechnologyIntroduction6.1 The Americans with Disabilities Act6.2 Fashion design developments in context 6.3 Design interviewsAlexandra Palmer on Izzy Camelleri of IZAdaptiveLucy Jones of FFORAGrace Jun of OpenStyleLabJustin LeBlanc on Justin LeBlanc Design6.4 Do we have a disability design process?6.5 Harnessing technological developmentsSummary7. A Story of disabled makersIntroduction7.1 Disabled makers in history7.2 The legacy of disabled makersSummary8. Tying it all togetherIntroduction8.1 Patterns of success8.2 Tying it all together8.3 Where we could be heading8.4 Disability fashion history timeline


Infused in a historical context of adapted clothing designs, lies a recurrent reminder to each of us with disabilities that we deserve continued designs to assure our unadulterated inclusion in society. Kate's decades of dedicated work will enable me, and other Occupational Therapy educators, to proliferate the future of dedicated and skilled therapists to join Kate's efforts to promote a cultural change in the inclusion of all bodies, despite each person's uniqueness. May the memory of my friend Birdie Minor continue to shine through many more women with disabilities as they advocate for disability rights adorned in clothing that allows them to feel whole.
Marginalized fashion consumers are finally given voice in Kate Annett-Hitchcock's hugely important book. This is fashion history as well as fashion present, the most timely analysis of fashion and disability that we all need to read.
The Intersection of Fashion and Disability provides great historical background, which I feel many of my students need before starting to design.