We Are Open Style Lab

Launched in 2014 at MIT as a public service project, Open Style Lab subsequently incorporated as a 501c(3) non-profit organization in 2015. Our mission is to make style accessible to people of all abilities.

To accomplish this, Open Style Lab undertakes three main projects: our flagship summer program, class offered at the Parsons School of Design, and research projects. We achieve this by the followings three ways:

Increase awareness about the importance of clothing accessibility for people with disabilities.

Equipping our community with the skills to create accessible clothing.

Aim to develop and distribute clothing designs and technologies that will increase clothing accessibility.

OSL Summer Program

 

Open Style Lab’s 10-week research program teams designers, engineers, and occupational therapists to create functional yet stylish wearable solutions with and for people with disabilities. Our 2017 program will run from June 9 -August 12th with the theme of Wearable UX.
Applications open on Saturday, 2/25/17.

Parsons Collab Course

 

A collab course is offered at the MFA Design & Technology program at Parsons School of Design. There is opportunity for cross-disciplinary learning around social issues embedded in the disabilities community. This course takes a holistic approach using user-centered design, assistive technology, fabrication methods, and apparel design techniques. Students are teamed with a client with a disability to create a wearable solution and learn about accessible practice.

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Sponsors & Partners

The 2016 OSL Summer Program was generously supported by our official sponsors, Polartec & Saint Peter’s Hospital Seoul.

Our Partners: Bemis, Woolmark, MIT Museum, The Boston Museum of Science

The 2017 OSL Class is supported by NYC Spinal, a chapter of United Spinal Association and The New School Parsons School of Design