Thursday, March 22, 2012

Xeni--Fashion for the wheelchair user

Hey, women who use wheelchairs are still women—they want to look cute and professional.

The owner of the Xeni Collection was diagnosed with MS in 1990, She was an architect in London.

MS began to cut into her work because of fatigue. Her hands began to fumble with fastening jewelry.

Buttons became a problem, putting clothes on while sitting.

You don’t have to have MS to encounter these obstacles. I know a woman who can’t hold a heavy book to read because of arthritis.

In 2010, Xeni came into being. She took a course called How to Start Your Own Fashion Label. She designed, supervised a “cutter,” held photo shoots.

She is also recruiting jewelers to fashion her easy-to-fasten designs.

She started from the seated person. How does the person look up close? From afar? Usually people see the person from above, too—the hair, upper arms. The latter means hats with brims are out.

Short skirts—never. You can see between the legs, especially from a distance.

Another area is where top and bottom meet—this covers up belts. Tunics are better. Or suitable length dresses. Trousers must be longer in back.

If you have plumbing issues—pants. If the person never stands in public—some garments do not continue under the body—making them easier to put on.

Often clothes fasten with magnets. Drawback: These cannot be worn by people with pacemakers.

She is always thinking. Come see.

Very cool.

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