Yue Ma

Systems & Society


My thesis project proposal explores the potential of adjustable fashion design to tackle the challenges of sizing and body image issues in contemporary society. Unattainable beauty standards and the prevalence of one-size-fits-all clothing designs contribute to feelings of inadequacy and dissatisfaction with one's body, particularly prevalent in countries like China. By embracing adjustable fashion design, this research aims to provide fashionable clothing options that cater to different body types, fostering self-confidence irrespective of conformity to mainstream beauty standards.
The project focuses on three key directions: utilizing adjustable and detachable seams to address limited size diversity and body image concerns, symbolizing and celebrating body marks as expressions of self-identity, and exploring textiles and fabrics to promote self-acceptance and challenge beauty stereotypes. By implementing these approaches, practical recommendations for real-world design practices will be provided, contributing to a more inclusive and empowering fashion industry that celebrates diverse body types, promotes body positivity, and reduces clothing waste.
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