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Julia Wollner Turned a Negative Experience into Beautiful Clothing

By: Meghan Young - Published: • References: fastcodesign
Julia Wollner is a name that people plugged into the fashion industry are bound to hear more of in the coming months and years. She is a recent graduate of Pratt Institute, who suffered from a terrifying experience in her second year as a fashion design student. Julia Wollner woke up one morning unable to move the muscles in half of her face and was later diagnosed with Bell’s palsy.

Instead of becoming a victim of the face paralyzing disorder, Julia Wollner channeled the obstacle into a stunning fashion collection, which won the Liz Claiborne Concept to Product Award at the Pratt Institute’s 2014 Fashion Show. Fast Co. Design writes, "The slightly space-age collection features abstract prints Wollner made from photos of her face taken before and after contracting the disorder."