Unlike this past weekend’s promenade of odd outfits and oversized hats at the Kentucky Derby, fashion is very functional in the STAR Health Sciences Complex. Martha Hall, a fashion and apparel studies alumna and current biomechanics and movement science doctoral student, is using her fashion knowledge to benefit children with movement disorders. With disorders ranging from cerebral palsy to arthrogryposis, Hall works closely physical therapists and engineers to create wearable technology that effect true changes in these children’s motor behavior.

During a presentation on Friday, May 13 at 3 p.m. in the STAR Health Sciences Complex Atrium, Hall will discuss her experiences as a functional design and wearable technology researcher. She will highlight the interdisciplinary work coming out of UD’s Move To Learn (M2L) Innovation Lab.

The lecture is titled “Thinking Outside the Box: Careers in Fashion Beyond the Runway” and is open to the UD community and the general public. There is no cost to attend.

Hall, who holds a bachelor’s degree in apparel design and a master’s degree in fashion and apparel studies, will share the work of the aptly-named student organization Sew Baby Sew, which works with families of children with special needs.

Following Hall’s presentation, the children will hit the runway to model garments created especially for them.

The address of the STAR Health Sciences Complex is 540 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713. The Atrium is immediately inside the entrance on the north side of the building.

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