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For centuries, the fashion industry has denied access to those whose bodies don’t conform to normative physical and cultural stereotypes. In this program, Kate Annett-Hitchcock, professor emerita of the Wilson College of Textiles at NC State, will discuss her new book, The Intersection of Fashion and Disability: A Historical Analysis. The book explores developments that enable people who live with disabilities to participate in the fashion world.

Following her talk, members of the North Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association will engage in a panel discussion about their experiences with fashion, including accessibility of products and their views on current branding and retail options for people who live with disabilities in the United States.

The Hunt Library's Teaching and Visualization Lab will allow attendees to engage with an array of immersive visuals, including historic photos used by Annett-Hitchcock in her research.

Copies of Annett-Hitchcock's book will be available for purchase on-site. 

There will be two sessions of this program. The first session will be Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. The second will be Saturday, March 9, at 1 p.m.

You can attend in person at Hunt Library or virtually. If you plan to attend in person, reserve your seat in advance on this site. If you wish to attend virtually, please fill out this form to receive a Zoom link that will give you access to the program.

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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NC State will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Direct accommodation requests to:

Marian Fragola at or 919-513-3418.

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