'Looks like any fashionable piece of clothing'

You might not even realise that someone is wearing adaptive clothing.

Carol Taylor is the Head Designer of the adaptive fashion label Christina Stephens. She strives to create designs that "look like any other fashionable mainstream piece of clothing".

The resulting garments look stylish and on trend. But they also contain discrete functionally features, such as access points that allow someone to adjust their prosthesis, empty a catheter or ostomy bag.

Fabric selection is also carefully considered, as it can impact someone's temperature control, nerve pain and other sensory issues.

"No two disabilities are the same," says Taylor.

A key part of her design process is listening to the disability community to understand their wants and needs.

This deep engagement with people with disability can also result in exciting innovations.


December 11, 2023 — Jessie Sadler