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This New Product Brings Fashion To The Prosthetic World

Canada-based Alleles Design Studio has created prosthetic covers to add fashion to function.

Prosthetic limbs have typically been seen as a functional aid, and nothing more. However, instead of keeping them as a feature to be hidden, Canadian-based owners of Alleles Design Studio are taking the initiative to change the look and stigma on prosthetics.


Another reason I love my @thealleles leg covers ? Today while in line at dunkin donuts, a man in line shouted, THAT is so friggin cool, while admiring my leg ! Of course everyone stared and gave me a thumbs up ! I have been an amputee for 30 years and always felt awkward when people stared at me and they never said anything positive about my leg. Wearing these different covers the past few years has made all the difference in my attitude and the people around me ! Kudos to the designers for making my prosthetic a fashion statement ! Can't wait to wear my new fall cover soon ! #alleles #alleleswomen #theallelescovers #thealleles #prostheticfashion #bkamputee #prostheticcover #proudamputee #amputeestyle #amputeeswag

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McCauley Wanner, art director of the studio and technology director, Ryan Palibroda, have created a multitude of fashionable prosthetic covers to turn the "robotic aesthetics and clunky contours" into an accessory that adds to an individual's look rather than distracting from it or being hidden. Like jewelry, handbags and adding the perfect belt to a look, Alleles Design Studio wanted to create a cover that could slip over a prosthetic that would express each individual's unique style and flare.


When you pretend you don't see the cameras. #mamacax #nyfw #tbt #alleleswomen __________

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The award-winning prosthetic covers have already been seen on the runway (ugh, love), and start at $325 for one of the exquisite ready-to-wear designs that range from geometric and techy to sweeter, floral patterns. However, if none of those arrangements speak to you, the studio is more than willing to customize a design that truly encompasses your vibe, which is how every accessory should be.

While Wanner and Palibroda are not prosthetists or wearers of prostheses, they are on a mission to solve a style issue and to turn the conversation from what happened to their customers' legs, to celebrating the differences that separate us all in a fashionable and beautiful way.

We love the message Alleles Design Studio is sending, and even more so we love the bold way they're stating it.

To see their full collection of designs, check out the Alleles Design Studio website.

Hannah Marsh

Hannah is a Texas-born, Iowa-raised alumna of Iowa State University. When not writing trending content across several Meredith sites, she enjoys all things fitness-related, binge-watching "Whose Line is it Anyway" episodes and fully embracing her self-diagnosed peanut butter addiction.

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