Creative Design: Undergraduate

Atlas Coat: A Modified Chore Coat with Modular and Adaptive Features

  • Kristen Deanne Morris (Colorado State University)
  • Zach Walsh


This project aimed to address the lack of adaptive and inclusive apparel in the market, focusing on men with autoimmune and neurological diseases affecting mobility. Acknowledging the diverse needs within this community, I conducted in-depth research through panel discussions and consultations with individuals, including my father with Multiple Sclerosis. The design, inspired by a classic chore coat, incorporates modern elements for both aesthetics and functionality. Key features include a MagZip magnetic zipper for easy operation, larger pocket openings, a removable insulating vest for temperature regulation, and a boxy fit to enhance mobility. The construction involved modern processes such as 3D design in CLO3D, laser cutting, and industrial sewing techniques. Through iterative fitting on an Alvanon dress form and continuous updates in CLO3D, the Atlas coat emerged as a tangible solution, offering both style and practicality for a marginalized market segment.

Keywords: Functional clothing design, adaptive apparel, ready-to-wear, disability, product development

How to Cite:

Morris, K. D. & Walsh, Z., (2024) “Atlas Coat: A Modified Chore Coat with Modular and Adaptive Features”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
23 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed