Access & Closure


A research on functional garment design & techniques

Thesis 2016

Access & Closure

Access & Closure is a series of seven jackets created for women who have undergone post-surgery breast cancer. By rethinking traditional pattern making techniques, clothing closures were used as functional elements. The jacket designs were inspired by conversations and in-person interactions with women who have experienced breast cancer. Each jacket in the collection solves issues specific to different phases of the recovery process. The final jacket includes interactive technology, allowing the jacket to become a communication tool: spreading awareness of the changes and difficulties breast cancer survivors live through.


Photo Credits - Alex Tosti
Makeup Credits -Leah Ashley & Anna Carina
Modeling - Jasmine Woojung Oh & Karen Chankalun 

Breast cancer organizations like SHARE and support from CFDA have contributed to making this research rich with user feedback from women, who had undergone breast cancer surgery.


Fashion & Technology

Using traditional apparel design techniques with new materials and electronics.  Images of behind the scenes fitting for a client and making an interactive jacket.