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Hungarian Osteoporosis Patients Association

Beauty in all Forms:
Clothing Designed for Women with Osteoporosis

The Hungarian Osteoporosis Patient Association and the Fashion Department of Budapest Technical College (BTC) joined together in an innovative project to design a line of clothing for women whose body shape has changed because of osteoporosis. The designs were presented at a fashion show and award ceremony for the winners of the design competition which was held on October 21st, 2000 at the textile museum in Budapest.

BTC students and graduates participated in the design competition and women with osteoporosis acted as volunteer models for the show. The models were the true inspiration behind these fashions. Individuals who have suffered multiple vertebral fractures associated with osteoporosis develop curvature of their upper back, called "kyphosis". They may also begin to carry their heads forward somewhat on their neck, may develop a protruding waistline and lose an average of three to four inches in height.

While the physical effects of osteoporosis are well known, less attention has been paid to its psychological and social impact. Appearance is important to everyone and "Beauty in all forms" is one step in improving the quality of life for women with osteoporosis.


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