Gretė Labanauskaitė

Integrative fashion project YOU

The topic of the bachelor’s thesis was determined by the social exclusion of people with visual disabilities. Theoretical research was devoted to the analysis of the expression of social values in the fashion context. The aspects revealed the designer’s ability to delve into the functional limitations of a narrow social group and defined the purpose of the work – to create a clothing collection that prioritizes the tactile way of knowing fashion. The models were inspired by the Braille element, perceived by the main senses: touch, smell, and hearing. Explanatory texts were provided in formats accessible to the blind and partially-sighted. The social integrative fashion project „YOU” is a meeting of two different worlds, the sighted and the blind, and a proof that fashion can help people with visual impairments integrate into society.