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'Universal Materiality: Collaborative Design for Aging and Disability'. Exhibition Opening and Panel Discussion.

February 5, 2019, 10:00 PM to 12:30 AM

'Universal Materiality: Collaborative Design for Aging and Disability'. Exhibition Opening and Panel Discussion.

Parsons School of Design
General Public 

The exhibition and panel are being held at Parsons summarizing the collaboration with the Parsons, HKPOLYU, ITC, and Open Style Lab on the exploration made with textiles, design processes, and fashion for aging/disability. The collective work blends the collaboration between schools on looking at this topic using interactive textiles, applied garment design for aging health, and research on what inclusive fashion means today. The research continued into a summer program collaboration with Open Style Lab (non-profit) where fellowships were teamed with long term elderly residents at Riverside Rehab here in NY. The program was held at Parsons School of Design, The New School.

  • 5:00-6:00pm Exhibition open for viewing, Aronson Galleries (galleries close at 6pm)
  • 6:30- 7:30pm Panel discussion & reception, Kellen Auditorium

Exhibition Opening and Panel Discussion
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Francesca Granata, Parsons School of Design
Smita Rao, NYU
Anna Young, MIT
Grace Jun (Moderator), Parsons 

The Panelists are asked to share his / her research focus in relation to the exhibition and broader topic of aging and disability as it pertains to design, health, and technology.


Universal Materiality will be on view Feb 4 – 25, 2019

Research Leads:

  • Grace Jun, Assistant Professor of Fashion
  • Dr. Jeanne Tan, Associate Professor in Fashion & Textile Design

This exhibition is made possible with support from Parsons School of Fashion Dean, Burak Cakmak, Parsons School of Fashion (RSCP), The New School Faculty Research Fund Award (FRF) from the Provost Office, and the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center.

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