Inclusive Design in Apparel Product Development for Working Women With Physical Disabilities

Inclusive Design in Apparel Product Development for Working Women With Physical Disabilities Consumers with physical limitations want apparel products and retail environments that work for them. Inclusive design is a framework for developing products to satisfy multiple consumers, regardless of their physical ability. This qualitative study reports on physical limitations and apparel preferences of working women (n = 9) with a variety of limitations. A prototype for a garment was developed, wear‐tested, and evaluated using inclusive design criteria. Subsequently, manufacturers (n = 6) were interviewed regarding production and distribution within the existing system. Results indicate that (a) the effect of disability on the body supercedes clinical definition for apparel product development, (b) working women with various disabilities have similar apparel needs, (c) inclusive design can be a successful strategy for product development, and (d) current industry perceptions about disability present the greatest barrier to successful implementation. The researchers conclude that further studies should focus on industry “buy‐in” of inclusive design as a framework for product development. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal Wiley

Inclusive Design in Apparel Product Development for Working Women With Physical Disabilities

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
1077-727X
eISSN
1552-3934
DOI
10.1177/1077727X07299675
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Abstract

Consumers with physical limitations want apparel products and retail environments that work for them. Inclusive design is a framework for developing products to satisfy multiple consumers, regardless of their physical ability. This qualitative study reports on physical limitations and apparel preferences of working women (n = 9) with a variety of limitations. A prototype for a garment was developed, wear‐tested, and evaluated using inclusive design criteria. Subsequently, manufacturers (n = 6) were interviewed regarding production and distribution within the existing system. Results indicate that (a) the effect of disability on the body supercedes clinical definition for apparel product development, (b) working women with various disabilities have similar apparel needs, (c) inclusive design can be a successful strategy for product development, and (d) current industry perceptions about disability present the greatest barrier to successful implementation. The researchers conclude that further studies should focus on industry “buy‐in” of inclusive design as a framework for product development.

Journal

Family & Consumer Sciences Research JournalWiley

Published: Jun 1, 2007

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References

  • Development of body measurement tables for women 55 and older and the relationship to ready‐to‐wear garment size
  • Adoption of the casual workplace by United States Fortune 500 companies
    Faust, S.; Cassill, N.; Herr, D.; Williamson, N.

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