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Fashion and function

Paraplegic woman invents jeans for people in wheelchairs

By WITW Staff on August 24, 2015

“Have you ever tried to put on a pair of pants sitting down without moving your legs?” Heidi McKenzie from Kentucky asks on her Kickstarter page. The 29-year old woman, who was paralyzed after a 2007 car accident, became increasingly frustrated by the lack of appropriate clothing for people confined to a wheelchair. Realizing she was not the only one who had trouble finding clothing that both looked good and was designed for a seated body, she teamed up with designer Kristin Alexandra Tidwell to develop a pair of jeans that was fashionable as well as functional. They named their design “Alter UR Ego” and outfitted it with ”pockets in the front to a high-waisted back to a special waistband, a tummy control panel, straps for ease of dressing and an opening in the crotch for catheter use” — all crucial features for men and women in a wheelchair. The Kickstarter page for this project, where the jeans can be purchased for $80 a pair, has already raised more than the $20,000 of its initial goal.

Read the full story at Mashable.

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