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Dwarfism clothes webinar advocates standard Filipino sizing system

The event was spearheaded by Big Dreams for Little People Philippines, Inc., a non-profit organization that spreads awareness and advocates equal rights

Benilde Fashion Design and Merchandising student and emerging fashion designer Ulysses Caragayan

Benilde Fashion Design and Merchandising educators Christine Benet, Cecilia Lansang, and Olivia Lopez (back) with Richie Albarida, Rica Albarida, and Ardinia Bermudez

“Style in any size #dwarfismawarenessmonth,” a specialized webinar that champions the Filipino standard sizing system for little people (LP), was streamed on Friday, October 28, 2022.

Advocating inclusivity and diversity in fashion, the lecture aimed to promote the establishment of a standard Filipino sizing system for those of short stature, as well as to open opportunities for product development. The event was spearheaded by Big Dreams for Little People Philippines, Inc. (BDLPP), a non-profit organization that spreads awareness and advocates the equal rights and protection of Filipino LPs.

The forum highlighted the importance of understanding the ergonomic design for LPs and incorporating the wide range of fashion trends and personal styling specially made for their body anatomy.

Fashion stylist Gee Jocson of Gee Jocson Studio

The event was in partnership with the Mark of Designers Alliance (MODA), the professional group of the Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) Program students of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. The talk was facilitated by FDM educator and professional garment pattern maker Cecilia Lansang, FDM home-grown talent and emerging fashion designer Ulysses Caragayan, and seasoned fashion stylist Gee Jocson, who were joined by student-artists from MODA.

Professional garment pattern maker and Benilde Fashion Design and Merchandising educator Cecilia Lansang

“Style in any size #dwarfismawarenessmonth” is part of a bigger initiative: a research project entitled “Height Matters: An Assessment of Standardizing Body Size System for Little People in the Philippines.” This is spearheaded by industry experts, Benilde FDM chairperson Olivia Lopez and educators Christine Cheryl Benet and Lansang.

“Because people are so diverse, it is difficult to create a design that can accommodate all of their needs in a way that is safe and effective,” the team said in a statement. “However, to maximize a person’s security and efficiency, the products and environments they interact with should be tailored to their individual strengths and weaknesses.

“It is extremely challenging when the user community includes people with dwarfism because of the considerable disparities in their body sizes. This is in addition to the extensive absence of anthropometric information that is unique to dwarfs or little people,” they added.

“It is highly recommended that a quantitative study be executed using computer-aided design (CAD) and manufacturing software, design visualization, and the establishment of an integrated textile product development process using a 3D Body Scanning System. This will produce an inclusive Philippine standard sizing system for little people,” the fashion specialists concluded.


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