Design Without Limits addresses the design and production of fashionable and functional clothing for physically disabled men and women. It focuses on persons using wheelchairs, crutches, and prostheses and on persons with limited mobility. Chase and Quinn attempt to educate the general public about individuals whose fashion needs have long been overlooked by the design community and even by the individuals themselves. They help the reader understand that people with disabilities can look and feel great and that style is available to everyone.
• Explanations of how to blend aesthetic sensibilities, fashion awareness, basic technical skills, and the wearer’s individual needs and preferences
• Measurement guidelines for altering commercially made patterns to fit a disabled person
• Hints on how to select fabrics suitable for designs for a disabled person
• Lists of resources for hard to find notions and supplies, cooperative extensions or foundations, special aids, and clothing catalogs
• Updated reading list with materials on clothing design and designing for individuals with disabilities
• How This Book Evolved
• Design Principles
• The Seated Figure
• The Standing Figure
• Issues of Limited Dexterity
• Measurements, Patterns, Fabrication
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Renée Weiss Chase
is Director of the Fashion Design Program at Drexel University and a member of the International Textile and Apparel Association and the Fashion Group of Philadelphia. In 2002, she won the Lindback Teaching Award and the Philadelphia Parkinsons Council Award. Her expertise is in the area of collection development and couture. She is a member of International Textile & Apparel Association (ITAA).