Emma Zuckerman (left) and Martha Hall work on a garment designed for a child with special needs.
The students will then draw sketches to share with their clients so final designs can be chosen. The last two steps will be initial and final fittings. The finished products will be shared at a fashion show on UD’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus during National Public Health Week (April 6-12).
Emma Zuckerman, a junior in apparel design, is doing a Winter Session independent study with Hall on the design of a garment for a six-year-old girl who has weakness in her hip area.
“The idea is for the piece I’m designing to take the place of a brace,” Zuckerman says. “It will be slightly less supportive but more flexible and can be worn under regular clothing. Our goal is for her to feel comfortable and not stigmatized by wearing an assistive device.”
Hall has more than 10 years’ experience in the childrens wear industry, and she has also worked as a costume designer. Her interests center on the intersection between health and design, and she enjoys working with interdisciplinary teams of people to address health challenges through design solutions.