The whole concept of “good design” was recently brought to question by a panel brought together courtesy of the Academy of Art University. The panel sought to encourage inclusivity in creating designs. Flore Morton who is in charge of fashion styling in the School of F-ashion served as the moderator.
Disabled individuals were the center of the heated discussions. They are hardly put in mind when outfits are designed. This poses a challenge to them and gives them a hard time especially if one has a sense of style.
If all your limbs are in good condition, then adjusting your cloth whenever they get out of place is no big deal. This is not the case for the physically impaired. They have to fidget around to get this done. Things get especially tough for those who have to make do with wheelchairs throughout the day. A zip in the wrong place is enough to cause havoc.
The panelists shed light on what could be done to offer worthwhile solutions to this state of affairs. A host of topics were discussed as speaker after speaker gave a piece of their mind. The discussions revolved around what a good universal design comprised of. The integration of the needs of the disabled in the creation of designs was also widely discussed. Fashion designers were also admonished to change their attitude towards the disabled.
Beau Oyler, one of the panelists, encouraged his colleagues to go out of their way and find opportunities to create designs for the disabled. He acknowledged that though this may not be very popular among many of their peers, it was totally worth it.
The panelists had at some point studied at the Academy of Art University. The privately owned institution is located in San Francisco, California. It was established back in 1929 and has been revamped numerously through the years.
It boasts of 1483 teaching staff, of whom 283 serve on a full-time basis. They service close to 12600 students. The school offers close to twenty-five subjects in the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The school actively takes part in the New York Fashion Week. It began this tradition in 2005 and it has never missed any of the subsequent editions. The school also has an automobile museum under its name.