Katherine Smith

Identity, Fashion & Clothing Choices for Women with Mobility Impairments

London College of Fashion

This project explores the relationship between clothing and identity for women with mobility impairments.

The project uses theories from fashion, body and disability studies, and explores imagery and representations of disabled bodies in art, culture and the fashion industry, and the historical context of this imagery to examine (i) the embodied experience of mobility impaired women’s interaction with fashion and (ii) the ways in which clothing choices are negotiated.

This thesis will address the following questions:

  • How is identity negotiated if certain modes of dress are not available?
  • What is the relationship between personal identity and culturally informed ideas of physically disabled bodies?
  • How do gendered expectations of disabled women influence clothing choices?

Supervisors

Dr Carolyn Mair

Simon Thorogood

Professor Ian King