How often do you struggle to pull up the zip at the back of your dress or fumble with the buttons on your shirt cuffs? Now think about how difficult these daily routines are for those with physical challenges because of age, illness or disability.
Her final-year project morphed into her own label, Will and Well, which focuses on making easy-to-wear clothes for those with special needs or disabilities. While other social enterprises help to train or hire beneficiaries, Will and Well is a for-profit business that aims to help people with disabilities through its apparel.
Fashion should be for everyone, no matter your age, size, ethnicity or gender. Unfortunately, the reality is that it’s not always made that equal. But a pair of Fashion Design and Textiles graduates from Lasalle College of the Arts is taking a step towards greater inclusivity in fashion.
Elisa was feeling uninspired about creating fashion for fashion’s sake. Then the final year fashion studies student at Singapore’s LASALLE College of the Arts got an unusual request from a doctor friend. "He was looking for someone to design clothes for his bed-bound patients. I agreed as I had been looking to do something more meaningful with my skills,"
Like most able-bodied Singaporeans, LASALLE Fashion Design and Textiles graduate Elisa Lim, 23, paid little thought to the everyday task of getting dressed. But in 2015, she was approached by a doctor to tailor clothes for bedridden patients. This sparked her interest to create functional, easy-to-wear clothes.
Clothing designed for people with disabilities. Nobody likes wearing ill-fitting clothes, but the effects are worse for those who rely on wheelchairs. Thick materials can cause pressure sores and the lack of airflow caused by sitting for long hours regularly results in a heat rash, among other things.