Creative Design: Professional

Tulipa ‘Rococo’ I

  • Dawn M Michaelson orcid logo (Baylor University)


People living with disabilities (PLWD) possess approximately $490 billion in discretionary income yet continue to have difficulties finding stylish adaptive apparel to meet their attire needs. With that in mind, this project’s goal was to incorporate multiple adaptive features while also being able to be fashionable throughout the day without a complete garment change. The ensemble– a two-part jacket, pants, skirt, and handmade laser-cut flowers – allows a PLWD or non-PLWD to wear different components of the ensemble while also being able to dress independently. This ensemble adds to the limited but growing adaptive design research and creative scholarship by adding garment modularity, wearability in multiple apparel categories, and high-end designer details to the pieces. The ensemble was fitted and evaluated in seated and non-seated positions along with ease of walking with aids or a wheelchair before the final ensemble was constructed.

Keywords: adaptative, disabilities, fabric flowers, laser cutting, modular

How to Cite:

Michaelson, D. M., (2022) “Tulipa ‘Rococo’ I”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 79(1). doi:

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Published on
31 Dec 2022
Peer Reviewed