Students use fashion for function

Kendall student fits child with new garment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) An event is using fashion as a problem solving tool. Spectrum Health and Kendall College of Art and Design collaborated on a product that can help children with neuromuscular disorders.

It all stems from an idea from Robin, a pediatric physical therapist who worked with children who require compression garments to help them stand and move around better. Many of the garments are expensive, hot, difficult to put on, difficult to wear, and the children don’t like them. Robin came up with the idea for better functioning compression garments and partnered with students and Kendall to come up with a solution.

The idea became a project for Kendall students in the Garments for Action and Function class. They worked to create an easy to use, all in one piece that is fashionable, comfortable, and costs $300 or less.

The new compression garments will be featured in a fashion show on Friday, April 17, as part of the DisArt Festival. It starts at 7 p.m. at Kendall’s Federal Building. For information on tickets, visit www.DisArtFestival.org/Fashion.

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