NC State Students Create Adaptive Clothing Line Accessible to a Wider Variety of People

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — Two NC State students are working to make the fashion world more inclusive by creating a line of adaptive clothing.

Each piece in the collection is accessible to people with a wide range of cognitive and physical abilities. Some dresses are seamless. Other parts use special buttons to make them easier to use.

“I’ve said it so many times, even if I think I’m doing something useful, if it’s not helping someone, there’s no point in doing it. I’m wasting my time, I’m wasting their It’s so important to make sure that what we add benefits them and not just there,” said Sabrina Martin.

Martin and Mary Grace Wilder presented their collection at the 2021 Threads Senior Collection Fashion Show. 321 Coffee baristas modeled the inclusive clothing line. The cafe employs people with cognitive or developmental disabilities.

Martin and Wilder said their clothing line combines fashion and accessibility.

“It comes down to the fact that we want people to be able to dress with dignity. We walk into our closets every day and have the opportunity to express ourselves and we want everyone to have that opportunity as well,” said Wilder.

Wilder and Martin are now working to produce their pieces under their own brand. They also hope to make the parts affordable.

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