Dr. Martha hall Designs
Fashion Science


Dr. Hall is available for speaking engagements, presentations, consulting, and collaboration with industry innovators.


Learn more about the 5F Framework and Martha’s unique approach to leveraging technology to enhance lives.

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Learn How Martha is Using Fashion to Change Lives

Dr. Martha Hall is the Director of Innovation of Health Sciences at the University of Delaware and the founder of Fashionable Science, an organization dedicated to promoting and creating fashion for special needs populations. She holds a Ph.D. in Biomechanics and Movement Science, is trained in kinesiology, human development and coding for wearable electronics and biomechanical analysis. 

Dr. Hall holds four patents in wearable technology and is an expert in user-centered function design. Along with Michele Lobo, a physical therapy researcher at the University of Delaware, Dr. Hall was featured in Delaware Public Media, highlighting her work in using fashion and engineering to create pediatric exoskeleton solutions for babies that can be worn as comfortable garments to support movement.

About Martha

Fashion Scientist

In addition to her role as the Director of Innovation of Health Sciences at UD, Dr. Hall is an assistant professor in Health Sciences with affiliation in the Mechanical Engineering Department, the Fashion and Apparel Studies Department, and the Horn Entrepreneurship program. Her academic work inspires design challenges in human performance, solving issues of stability, mobility, agility, and beyond.


My Process

User centered research & empathetic design drives my work. The “problem” could be designing comfortable high-performance clothing for an athlete or designing clothing embedded with e-textiles – either way what inspires me is my user. What are the needs? How can the design be helpful, useful, & fulfilling? In my design work, research inquires, & collaborations, the key criteria: be user centered & high impact.


My Approach

Human centric design is critical to my work, but understanding an individual’s needs, comfort, and personal aesthetic takes clothing beyond just fashion or convenience, and creates a new level of functionality, pride, and independence. I am proud to be part of the team that developed the 5F Framework and I invite you to learn more about this unique, yet universal approach.

The 5F Framework

The 5 F Framework™ is essentially a checklist for “Wearable Design” and includes design considerations that must to be addressed in order to serve the user’s (patient’s) needs. These are Fit, Function, Fabric, Fasteners, and Fashion. Each one of these areas represent choices in the design and construction of health wearables and each need to be answered, from the user’s perspective.

Fashionable Science by
Dr. Martha Hall

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