AgeLab researcher Julie Miller was part of the Open Style Lab final showcase of accessible garments developed by tandems of interdisciplinary student design teams and clients with disabilities. The showcase, titled “Designing for Aging and Disability,” featured honorary guest critics from CareRite, Woolmark, Parsons, Macy's, and AARP, as well as Ms. Miller from the MIT AgeLab, who provided constructive feedback based on their fields.
Drawing from previous collaborations between the MIT AgeLab and Open Style Lab, including a recent MIT AgeLab 85+ Lifestyle Leaders workshop focused on fashion and accessibility, Ms. Miller shared her perspective about the need for stylish and accessible design options for older adults and people with mobility impairments.
Open Style Lab organizes 10-week research programs that teams designers, engineers, and occupational therapists to create functional yet stylish wearable solutions with and for people with disabilities. This year, Open Style Lab collaborated with residents of the Riverside Premier Rehabilitation and Healing Center to explore the accessibility needs and fashion preferences of those who are not typically served by conventional clothing companies.