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ADAPTIVE
DRESS SHIRT 

Year
2021

Role
Industrial designer

Type
Industrial Design

State
Final Product Prototype




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Design Team

Hongxuan Wu


Special Thanks To

Prof. Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman

Fragments

Year: 2021
Location: Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY


Product Info

Materials Used: fabric - cotton
Dimensions: 44cm/17.32" x 74cm/29.13"
Weight: 3oz (85grams)
Cost: $100





        
DRESS SHIRT FOR STROKE RECOVERY
This project is intended for coming up with new adaptive garment designs for people who have disabilities. Redesign the garment in order to providing the people who has those disbilties in a better life. This design is a long-sleeve woven men’s dress shirt, that is easy to put on and take off with one hand, designed for young male stroke patients, to be better participating in family activities. The design also helps stroke patients during the recovery continue to engage in daily activities physically, socially and emotionally.







Front side dress shirt

Back side dress shirt





People with disability usually wear over size clothing or knit garment. A small number of existing adaptive shirts on market allow users to don and doff with ease. These functional shirts increased lower and upper arm mobility by special replacement of traditional buttons with hidden magnets, snap fastener, or velcro. However, all of the existing products in the market are designed for customers over 60 years old, which shows a market gap between the existing products with the growing demand for younger stroke patients.







Dressing can be a challenging task for a young stroke patient who has
experienced physical and cognitive difficulties as a result of their stroke.



The shirt increase flexibility with its invisible patterns hidden under arms.

Proposed Benefit to User

Most stroke patients learn about how to dress through their therapists, they are able to wear a stretchable knit garment by themselves after many times of practice. However, they are not able to wear an unstretchable woven shirt with buttons on it. In order to help them reduce the steps of dressing, especially button up and button down the dress shirt, the stretchable side that has been laser cut is able to give a stroke patient enough stretchability to dress it on without unbutton.



Proposed Benefit to Client/Brand

A small number of existing adaptive shirts on market, from companies including Tommy Adaptive, Juniper, Buck & Buck, Ovidis, Lands’End, etc., allow users to don and doff with ease. These functional shirts increased lower and upper arm mobility by special replacement of traditional buttons with hidden magnets, snap fastener, or velcro. However, while these products meet basic requirements of self-dressing issues, they create more problems such as sticking hair in velcro.

Moreover, all of the existing products in the market are designed for customers over 60 years old, which shows a market gap between the existing products with the growing demand for younger stroke patients. In conclusion, there is an opportunity for a design that increases the stroke recovery stage patients’ mobility and accommodates needs that have not been met, with a target on middle-aged consumer groups, which fills market gaps for what current businesses aren’t serving.


Proposed Benefit to Society

“Disability is not an inherent attribute of the individual, but rather is the result of the interaction of the individual with the environment, including social norms,” Saunders says. This dress shirt design is more inclusive, and would reduce the gap between disabled and non-disabled people in their daily life. By changing the garment design market/environment, we are able to create a society that feeds everyone, including disabled people's needs. Although the dress shirt is designed specifically for people with disabilities, it will end up being valuable to many more people than originally planned.


Flat Technical Drawing









Design Innovation


The product used laser cut on non-stretchable fabric, but looks invisible. This laser cut is important to the stretchability of the shirt. It allows more space for arm movement. The experiment of using laser cut patterns in garments to solve a real problem is a novel experience.

In future, the stretchable side could be upgraded with smart textiles that have sensors woven into textiles, used for medical purposes (diagnosis) to follow-up after a stroke.





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