My capstone project was carefully crafted on the experience and stories of several transplant nurses, family members of patients, and adults awaiting a new organ. I created apparel for these patients that allow them to receive treatment while still maintaining a sense of visual normalcy.
To protect patient and medical professional privacy, interviews will not be published in this online portfolio. For more info, please contact me. Thank you!
This project has been recognized by The One Club's Young One's Student Awards in 2020.
USER AND USER NEEDS
In 2019, over 109,000 people were on the waiting list to receive an organ, and in the same year, only 39,718 people actually received one. The majority of this demographic is above the age of 18, typically middle age, and leans more male dominate.
At any point in their treatment, a patient might encounter external support devices like IV lines, PICC Lines, Catheters, LVADs or Total Artificial Hearts, or Dialysis. The clothing should provide access to several points around the body for these treatments. This allows the patient to remain clothed, maintain privacy & dignity, and keep warm.
1. Regulate Temperature
2. Encourage Movement
3. Reduce Risk of Infection
4. Access to Medical Devices
By 2023, the Global Adaptive market is expected to reach $349.9 billion. In the United States, that number will reach $54.8 billion.
CoreSight Research. "The US Adaptive Clothing and Footwear Market Represents a $47.3 Billion Largely Untapped Opportunity."
The current Adaptive Wear market is full of tired, DIY, aimless, senior-adult clothing. These options don't give the user confidence, don't cater to a mature crowd and actively drive away potential customers solely based on its visual design.
This competitive landscape outlines several players in the adaptive wear market. The more "everyday wear" players can be found on the far right of the graph, where the medical companies sit towards the middle/left. The orange stars represent potential white space opportunities.
Hood to Hold in Escaping Heat
1/4 Zip for Access to Chest for Heart Ports
Sleeve Opening for Forearm Access for Dialysis
Full Zip for Access to Chest and Abdomen for Chest Ports
Pockets with Internal Access for Devices
Side Seam Zip for Full Access to Abdomen for Dialysis
Thumb Hole to Keep Extremities Warm
Front Pockets for Phone/Keys/Wallet
Hidden Inseam Pockets to Hold Catheter Bag
Side Seam Full Zipper to Access Leg
Bamboo Fleece Silvadur
Bamboo Jersey Silvadur
The Adaptive Wear Color Palette is inspired by the hope, connection, and persistence of everyone involved in the process of organ donation. My intention was to bring light, fun, and joy to each piece, as medical garments can sometimes feel sterile and cold.
The materials I chose are derived from Bamboo and infused with Silvadur. Bamboo is naturally antibacterial, while Silvadur brings a non-toxic long-lasting antimicrobial property to this fabric. With medical garments, it's important to preserve the sterility and will allow the user multiple wears without a wash.