Fashion and textile design have become increasingly concerned with issues of sustainability and ethics with regards to design, production and consumption. The fashion industry has begun by assisting humanitarian causes, or social development on a practical, personal level, by some initiative takers. This research project will explore the possibilities of utilizing fashion design as a means of improving the lives of those more disadvantaged members of society. In turn, through our research, analysis, design and production, we aim to explore the realm of possibilities for the use of fashion and textile products in society as a whole.
Our intention is to use our knowledge, skills and resources to develop a project which serves to improve the quality of life of mentally and physically handicapped children. Our research aims to produce design solutions which support these children and help in their progress by encouraging them to develop themselves from passive observers to active participants in their rehabilitation. Designs should promote positive emotions whilst being protective, educative, developmental, multi-functional, healing, progressive, secure, performance enhancing, sustainable, fun, and attractive for children.