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It’s #DesignThinking Thursday and we are looking at Functional Fashions. . Functional Fashions was a collaborative effort amongst nearly 30 American fashion designers between the mid-1950s and 1970s to create clothes for disabled bodies. It was a movement catalyzed, in part, by the homecoming of numerous disabled vets in the wake of WWII and the growing demand for unrestrictive clothing designs for women, which led to new approaches to thinking about design. . The Functional Fashions label also appeared on clothing that was not expressly designed for the disabled but was accessible nonetheless. In many cases, this included Bonnie Cashin pieces much like this 1968 skirt and poncho set from #HLATC for the ease of dressing and movement that they afforded wearers. Many pieces designed during this movement share a noticeable lack of buttons or fastenings – a sophisticated solution for wearers with limited mobility. . To learn more about Functional Fashions, listen to Design History PhD student Natalie Wright's interview with Radio Chipstone. In this episode, Wright discusses the mental shift that led to Functional Fashion, a shift that resituated the problem of ill-fit or narrow use onto the clothing, rather than the body of the wearer. . Listen here: http://www.chipstone.org/content.php/19/Radio-Chipstone . Radio Chipstone is curated by material culture scholar, Gianofer Fields. Episodes air every Thursday between 6 and 7 pm on WORT 89.9 FM. Tune in tonight right here: . https://www.wortfm.org/news-talk/radio-chipstone/ . . . . #FunctionFashion #MaterialCulture #Fashion #disabledbodies #disabilityStudies #doesithavepockets #OOTD #design #matcult

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