Tag Archives: Apparel Studies

Designing for Every Body

Human Body: A Wearable Product Designers Guide

When Professor Emeritus Karen LaBat met medical doctor Karen Ryan they found that they shared a passion for improving the design of wearable products so that all people can enjoy safe, fully functional, and innovative products. In this interview they discuss their work and the release of their book Human Body: A Wearable Product Designer’s Guide.

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Mother-Daughter Teams Co-Design Culturally Appropriate Activewear

Mother-Daughter pairs examine potential design options for active wear.

Two years ago Professor Elizabeth Bye (Apparel Design) received an Extension Block Grant to research the physical activity of mother-daughter pairs in East African communities. “The project grew out of research I did with the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sports a few years ago. We had created culturally appropriate activewear for girls in the Twin Cities’ East African community and we received a lot of feedback from the mothers whose daughters participated in the project that they wanted similar athletic wear for themselves.”

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