Monika Dugar – UK
As an introduction, I am Monika Dugar from India, a recent graduate from the London College of Fashion. I was at crossroads to explore fashion and adaptive clothing during my course at London College of Fashion, a market that sits at the niche of the transformation of the fashion in an ageing generation and disabled. It is inspired by the concept of Visual Control of Locomotion in Parkinson’s disease, a condition my father has been diagnosed with. The hand tremors, stiffness and slow movement associated with Parkinson’s disease made the dressing routine pesky and difficult for him. This reignited me to design the collection, which not only is influential but features patterns which could aid mobility in people with Parkinson’s. The collection reinvents conservative adaptive clothing by providing a sense of freedom and a new vision.
"Designing for differently-abled is not a trend, it’s a necessity". Balancing fashion through functional clothing will empower people and advocate for inclusiveness – that’s the aim.