Designers have left no stone unturned to make prosthetics look more appealing and beautiful in order to make them go well with fashion accessories an amputee decks himself/herself with. And the question is very appropriately raised in the headline. If every second object that matters to us should look designer, then why sideline an object that gives someone a reason to smile again and brings new hopes to amputees. Here is a collection of 10 designer prosthetic limbs that bring new meanings to wearing an artificial limb.
Sophie de Oliveira designed this beautiful prosthetic leg for Kiera Roche, the chairperson for the charity Limp Power. She used silicone and ink for the artistic appearance. Kiera says,
“My attitude to being an amputee and wearing an artificial limb has changed with time. To begin with one is very aware of being different, of being disfigured, but as time moves on one adjusts and changes perspective. Having a beautifully crafted limb designed for you makes you feel special.”
The Snake Arm was created for Jo-o Cranfield, a British swimmer, motivational speaker and swimming teacher. This prosthetic arm was created from silicon and foam piping and was fitted at the Queen Mary’s Hospital. Jo-Jo says,
“My alternative limb is so different to any other prosthetic limb I have ever had.I wear it with pride. I’ve never seen a two armed person with snakes crawling into their skin, and even if I did I don’t think it would be so comfy! My alternative arm makes me feel powerful, different and sexy.”
Using lace, beads, ink, and silicone, Oliveira created Prischilla prosthetic leg for Louse Bruton, a journalist. Bruton says,
“My new leg is a monumental change in my life and my way of thinking. Encrusted with gold leaves, silver rope, decadent lace, a pocket watch – just in case – and tattoos, including one of my grandparents on their wedding day and the shark I claim chomped off my leg, this isn’t your average day-to-day leg.”
Designed and made by Oliveira, Helen Lansdown and Michel Batty, the prosthetic leg is called Bloomsbury Droid that is made using 3D printed nylon, stainless steel, lacquer and hydro dip film. It was fitted at Proactive Prosthetics for Weronika Pete.
Created for Viktoria Modesta, the Stereo Leg was designed and created by Oliveira from cast resin, silicone, beads, rhinestones, chains, studs, and speaker.
This glittering piece of functional prosthetic art was made using Swarovski crystals, rhinestones, plastic shards and silicon. Obviously, the Crystal Leg isn’t made for day-to-day use, but for parties and similar events. It’s a damn good idea.
Spike Leg is made of expandable hard foam and black lacquer and was fitted at the Ability Matters Clinic. The project clearly shows how a disability is transformed into work of art and innovation, resulting in boosting confidence of the user.
The Light Leg was created by Oliveira along with Kaos art, Natalie Ellner and Dou McCarthy using cast resin, silicone, plastic, LEDs, and chrome lacquer.
Made from brass, silicone, and beads, the Brass Leg was created by Oliveira and James to take a user back into the Victorian era when steampunk shade used to be a fashion statement.
The picture shows actor Grace Manhe ville wearing the Feather Armour that was co-created by Oliveira and Rwena Vickerman. She used metal, feathers, beads, silicone, acrylic and resin to do justice to its name. Mandeville says,
“I’ve worn prosthetic arms that look real and they just get in the way. They look normal, but I don’t really want to look normal, so this is like the perfect prosthetic arm. I’m into fashion, and I thought: ‘What’s more awesome than wearing an arm like that?”