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2017年06月29日

A sister's love for her disabled brother inspired her to create clothing for people like him.


Fashion student Robyn Griffiths, 21, designed the range for her graduate collection – and so impressed industry experts that she was chosen to show it at the Graduate Fashion Week in London.


And her male model will be the brother who inspired her, 18-year-old Christopher.


Robyn, of Newton Mearns, near Glasgow, graduated with a first-class honours degree from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh earlier this month.


Christopher has Osgood-Schlatter disease, a painful condition that affects the upper part of the shinbone and causes pain and swelling just below the knee.


It normally clears up itself after a few months but in rare cases, like Christopher’s, an operation is required to remove unhealed areas of flakes of bone or fix them to the shinbone.


Robyn said: “He doesn’t have any kneecaps, which causes the joints to slip and break quite a lot. When he got to about 12 or 13, his bones grew too quickly and weren’t strong enough. If he fell over, he’d break his legs.


“He broke both his legs a lot. But he had to wait until he was 18 and had stopped growing so he could have an operation.”


The surgery involved breaking some of his bones again and replacing them with pins and plates to stop his legs twisting.


Christopher wasn’t able to stand for eight weeks afterwards. But he can now walk with a slight limp and his condition is improving.


In the early days after his operation, Robyn was his main carer.


She said: “Christopher and I have always been really close. Every time he would break his legs, it was always me who looked after him.


“But when he got a bit older, it got to the stage when he broke his legs and I had to dress him and it became more embarrassing for him. He wanted to be more independent.”


That realisation inspired Robyn to create a range, appropriately named Christopher-Robyn, which would enable disabled people to dress themselves.


She said: “The garments – three menswear and three womenswear – incorporate practical functions such as double zips extending the length of the garments and the use of poppers. These features allow people with disabilities to dress themselves independently but they are also concealed so that the garments appear perfectly ‘ordinary’.


“The trousers open right up, so you can put them on without having to bend your legs.”


Christopher faces another operation in a year’s time but he is getting better and stronger and needs to spend less time in his wheelchair.


And Robyn hopes once she’s graduated there will be a chance to develop the range further.


She believes that by using a 3D printer the items could be custom-made to individual requirements.


She added: “There needs to be high street high fashion for the disabled. There should be a section in every shop for clothes like this in the same way as there are plus-size clothes or pregnancy sections.


“I’d perhaps work with disability support groups to see how this approach to clothing could help people with a range of disabilities to feel more confident and independent in their self-presentation.”Read more at:evening dresses | formal dresses




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