Creative Design: Graduate

The Delicate Awe: Inclusive Eveningwear

  • Li Jiang (Iowa State University)
  • Rachel Jean Eike orcid logo (Iowa State University)


Body-powered prostheses users have expressed a high rejection rate of the ‘figure of 9’ harness connected to discomfort (such as excessive pressure in the shoulder and axillary areas), skin irritations, restricted movements, and/or the need to wear additional clothing layers or additional protective elements between skin and harness. The harness design itself can be very restrictive for women with aesthetic needs and certain expressive requirements, especially for special events that require formalwear occasion attire. Ultimately, The Delicate Awe was to be a beautiful dress that any consumer would want to purchase, but it would also function for adaptive, prosthesis users’ functional needs. This project also provided a hidden surprise for the prosthesis user and evoked a sense of awe. 

Keywords: Adaptive clothing, Functional design, harnessing system, Eveningwear

How to Cite:

Jiang, L. & Eike, R. J., (2022) “The Delicate Awe: Inclusive Eveningwear”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 79(1). doi:

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Published on
31 Dec 2022
Peer Reviewed