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2013

  • Work on this object began.

2017

2020

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Magnetic Shirt, MagnaReady ®, 2013

This is a Magnetic Shirt. It was manufactured by MagnaReady. It is dated 2013. Its medium is two-ply cotton, magnets, buttons.

For people with limited manual dexterity, buttoning a shirt can be physically exhausting and frustrating, even impossible. To address this daily challenge caused by her husband's Parkinson’s disease, fashion designer Maura Horton embedded a magnetic closure system behind the shirt’s buttons. Magnets make getting dressed easier for everyone while also retaining a person’s dignity of dressing independently.

This object was donated by MagnaReady. It is credited Gift of MagnaReady - Maura Horton CEO/Founder.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 94 × 63.5 × 35.6 cm (37 × 25 × 14 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Access+Ability.

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