Final Major Project Idea

I have been brainstorming for an idea for my final major project, I have taken the four groups that I have been studying and brainstormed all the different ideas I could think of that I could do for my project. After much deliberation, I have decided on two different approaches.

Idea 1: Launching an adaptable clothing range for old people that have physical problems that make dressing themselves an impossible task. This range would help them gain independence back and also the clothing would be made in the UK and fashionable so no need for the tracksuit bottoms.

If I took this idea forward for my final piece I could create:

  • A print campaign, eg. poster and flyers
  • Adverts for the TV and radio
  • Booklet to go into the newspaper
  • Business Cards
  • Online Website/ Social Media
  • Brand Booklet

Idea 2: Is a charity that creates personalized care packages that go to people who are going through cancer. The boxes will be individual to the person so each package would depend on what cancer they have, what treatment they are having and what they like and dislike. The campaign would be a collaboration with M&S who would be making adaptable nightwear and loungewear to go in the parcels. To fund this, they would create a range of nightwear and loungewear that they would sell instore and online and 20% of the sales would go towards making the adaptable nightwear to go in the parcels.

If I took this idea forward for my final piece I could create:

  • A print campaign, eg. poster and flyers
  • Brand Pack
  • Launch Event Book
  • Fully Working Website/ Social Media
  • One fully produced Care Package

I’m torn between these two ideas, so I’m going to try and create some imagery and see if that helps me choose what my final design will be.

Mastectomy Bras

I next wanted to research what clothing existed for people on the high street that had been or were currently going through Cancer. I soon realised there wasn’t much on offer, the most common item that a few shops sold were mastectomy bras. A lot of women choose to have a mastectomy when going through breast cancer. One of the main problems after having one is dealing with the effects mentally of losing their breasts or breast. Some retailers have started to make and sell mastectomy and post-surgery bras to help women with this change. M&S was the first high street retailer to sell them followed quickly by Debenhams.


Debenhams website is clear and easy to read and quite attractive, there is a lot of information on the Mastectomy and Post – surgery page on how to shop and what makes their bra’s different. They have an extensive variety of bra’s, that are sold at the same price as the ‘normal’ bras.


M&S were the first retailers to sell mastectomy bras, they also work with Coppafeel so for every bra that is sold 10% of the price goes to Breast Cancer Now charity. M&S’s website is played out a little more straightforward then Debenhams, and there is little to no information on the page about the bra’s or how to shop them. The designs are also a little duller than the Debenhams ones which are quite bright and colourful.

From all my research, that I have done in this module across all the groups.  I have been shocked to see how many time the high street retailers don’t cater for a large selection of society whether that be people with physical disabilities, older generation or people with health problems who regularly have treatment or surgery. I am particularly interested in adaptable clothing and think I want to take this forward into my Final Major Project.

Live Better With Cancer


Live better with cancer is a website created by Tamara Rajah, in 2015. Live better with cancer is a one-stop shop for cancer patients; to help relieve the side effects that negatively impact on their everyday lives. The business has now helped over 45,000 customers around the world. Tamara worked in healthcare and saw how neglected the ‘everyday life’ side of healthcare. Then after both her grandparents got diagnosed with cancer she decided to start a website where people could find everything they needed under lots of different categories.



When you first go onto the website you get met with a considerable array of categories from skin, sick, sleeping to sex. They also sell hamper’s that you can give as gifts to people going through cancer. The baskets are quite goofed prices compared to rival companies. They also come in hamper’s rather than boxes, so they depending on what treatment people are going through.


Blog and Info

As well as the products they sell, they also offer a blog where they write up gift guides, tips for people going through hair loss and even posts for people that are living with someone who is going through cancer. Such as ‘A guide for careers’ and dealing with grief. But alongside the blog is a community forum where people can ask questions such as ‘Feeling Sick’, ‘Worrying about returning’ and ‘cooling caps’. I think this is an excellent idea for having a community spirit. As well as these two they also have a cancer support map which show’s you all the places you can o if you need help or support. Live better with cancer also has a podcast so you really can find them on so many platforms.

Social Media

Live better with Cancer also uses social media to connect its message. Thye uses Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The post regularly and have quite a few followers. I really like the community element of this company and how they offer a lot of information and solutions to everyday problems.

Don’t Buy Her Flowers


Don’t buy her flowers was founded in 2014 after founder Steph had just had her first baby. After her baby, she kept being given flowers by her friends and family and couldn’t understand why people were giving a new mum another thing to care for when they’re doing more caring then they’ve ever done in their life. She already had a popular blog called Sisterhood, and it wasn’t long before people started asking for more occasions other than just new mums. Steph then started doing packages for all different events such as ‘Gluten-free packages’ to ‘book packages’ the one that really caught my attention was the ‘Stand up to Cancer’ package. Don’t buy her flowers have also teamed up with brands such as ‘Cook’ which can add food vouchers to peoples packages. You can also give packages to men, women and couples they even put alcohol in some of them. Don’t buy her flowers moto is ‘Flowers say I’m thinking of you’ A gift package from Don’t buy her flowers says ‘ I’m thinking of you, this package is all you and I hope it makes you feel good.’



Don’t buy her flowers packages range from 20 pounds to 33 pounds. They offer free delivery on orders over 70 pounds. The packages are in brown cardboard boxes and filled with shavings. Don’t buy her flowers is an English brand that ships only to the UK. I love the packages and how they look clear and pretty compared to the other products and websites this one is definitely the best regarding looks out of all the ones I’ve researched.

Build your package

The thing I like the most about this brand is that you can pick and choose what goes into your packages, eg on the stand up to cancer package you can decide what to select in five categories, and there are so many options in each group. It really gives people a choice in what they are picking. You can even create a whole package from scratch, so the parcel is entirely unique and personal. They also have excellent reviews on all their products on their website.


Social Media

Don’t Buy her flowers have a huge social media following with 52.6K followers online alone. They also have facebook and twitter, and even influencers such as Bowelbabe are promoting them on their social media.

Cancer Care Parcel


Cancer care parcel was founded by Dr share Cohen in 2013 after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After she got diagnosed, she found little time to relax or even research was not top of her priority. She also felt there were a few friends who saw the situation very awkward, they avoided her as they didn’t know how to react or what to say. So she set up cancer care parcel, to enable children and adults with cancer to take some of the worries away and bring some calm back into their lives cancer care parcel is also an ideal gift, to let people with cancer know that you care and are thinking about them. The website is quite outdated and boring to look at they do have a lot of different packs depending on what treatment the person is having and what age/ gender they are. The website enables you to choose from a vast selection of parcels you can also select a pack based on what kind of cancer the person has I think this is such a good idea as everyone’s needs are different.



There care parcels range from 45 pounds up to 150 pounds which I think is quite expensive as none of these products are bespoke, they have all got these products from elsewhere. They are also set packages, so you can’t change anything, which for the money I feel like you should be able to. With each box, it tells you how appropriate it is for the person who is undergoing treatment so so don’t get one full of products they can’t you. The parcels are packaged in brown boxes that say ‘Someone is thinking about you, and got you this gift’. They ship worldwide but are biased in the UK. They have reviews on their website that gives nearly all their products 5 or 4 starts, so the customers are pleased with them.


On their website as well as selling the parcels they also have a resources section where they keep personal stories, information on cancer research and charity partners. As well as these resources they have a blog one of the posts that caught my eye was ‘Stop telling me to be brave’ starting there #stoptellingme campaign I feel really strongly about stopping these types of words as I know effected my mum a lot as she felt constant pressure to be ‘Battling/ Winning/ Brave’


Social Media

Cancer care parcel also has on online presence. They have a facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkin and a google page. They keep them updated regularly and they have quite a lot of followers, they have 2,554 followers. But I feel like there is so much they couldn’t work with the online platform if they posted better content.

Cancer Be Glammed


Cancer be glammed otherwise known as GBG was founded in 2009 by two friends Ellen Weiss Leander and Lisa. Both women had cancer and understood the problems and stresses that come from it. They both looked for practical yet fashionable recovery products and style solutions that would help them to look better and reclaim their sense of self. But they soon realised that there was no such place, and so GBG was born. GBG is a website to help women prepare for the non-surgical appearance side to help provide people with easy access to popular recovery products and lifestyle solutions. And for family and friends who want to show their support, they offer thoughtful gifts that women in treatment will use and appreciate. Unfortunately, Ellen passed away in 2012, but Lisa still works on the website and keeps it going. On the website, you get given a large option of categories to choose from clothing, journals and planners, wigs, skin care, gifts and doctors advice. The website is easy to use and full of information and products to look at. Cancer be glammed is there to help women diagnosed with all forms of cancer recover with dignity, self-esteem and style.


Cancer be glammed don’t make there own products, they just point people to products they can buy. The one that stood out to me the most was the cancer gift baskets, I really like the idea of a hamper and will be looking into this next. The buskets are quite basic, full of other brands products and really expensive. But I think I could come up with a better package. As well as products they also have a selection where they talk about all the different charities and places where people can go for advice or talk telling their readers ‘You are not alone’.


Cancer is glammed also has a blog that they regularly update. This has story’s, advice and fashion. One of the articles that caught my attention was called ‘What should I bring to Chemo’ I love that this is spoken about and she asks the followers for advice, so it really is a community feel.


Cancer is glammed have also released a guide called ‘Recover in style’. This guide prepares women facing all form of cancer, about appearance.  This magazine-style guide empowers women to tackle day to day recovery challenges while maintaining their dignity, self-esteem and personal style.

Social Media 

CBG also uses social media to help push their awareness, they use Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. The most interesting one is youTube. They put up videos where they talk to people about treatments and fashions. I think this is an excellent and unique idea that really adds to the brand and community spirit of the brand.


I next wanted to look into influencers who have/are going through cancer, I hope from this research no only to find out more about living with the disease but also to see what is important to them and if fashion is spoken about in their own work.

Saima Thompson


In April 2018 Saima Thompson was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, at 29 years old. Saima is a Pakistani businesswoman who runs a restaurant in south London. She started a blog called Curry and Cancer where she talks about her battle with cancer, she works with a personal trainer and focusses on physical fitness and mental wellbeing. Saima wants to redefine what it means to live with the disease and prove that there is still a joy to be found in life.

Olivia Smith


Oliva was in my class at Brighton University in 2016, but I took a sandwich year, and she stayed on. In 2018 she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. As her final major project she created cancer chicks a blog for young women who are going through cancer. The blog aims at looking at physical appearance teaching women how to feel confident with there change in appearance. Olivia has 31.5K followers on Instagram, and cancer chicks have 2,342 Followers.

Deborah James


Deborah James is a 36-year-old wife and mum of two, who was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer last year. Before she was diagnosed with cancer, she was a deputy head teacher, but now she is a columnist for the sun co-hosts a podcast You, Me and the big C on radio 5 with the recently deceased journalist Rachael Bland and Lauren Mahon. Deborah also has a blog called bowel babe where she documents her life and how to live with cancer. She has also just recently released her first book called ‘F*** Cancer which is about how to live with the disease.


Lauren Mahon

Lauren Mahon is 32-year-old Britsh women from London. In August 2016 she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She then had eight rounds of chemotherapy and 21 doses of radiation to get the all clear. Since she got entirely clear, she has been working on lots of projects. She started a social media page and is the face of GirlVcancer the website sells t-shirts with profits going to a range of different partner charities. After Miss Selfridge began selling identical t-shirts which they then pulled they have teamed up with girlvcancer to sell their products. Lauren is also a co-host of You, me and the big C with Deborah James which is a podcast that has honest discussions about cancer and tips to living with it.

From looking at influencers, I have been introduced to lots of different companies and groups that help people with cancer, such as the Radio 5 podcast called You, me and the big C which is incredibly informative and lighthearted. From researching these Influencers I have backed up my original idea that fashion and clothing are essential to people who are going through cancer, this has given me confidence that my work is heading in the right direction.



Care+Wear is a clothing company that was founded in 2014. I found the company two years ago, while at university working on another project. Unfortunately, since then, the original founder of the company who was undergoing chemotherapy has passed away. But his friends and family are carrying on the business and since I last looked it has grown and rebranded.

Care+ Wear is a company that makes clothing for people who are undergoing cancer treatments. They say that they work closely with patents, clinicians, designers to create fashionable, functional clothing. Their main aim is to allow people who are undergoing treatment to feel normal so they can go about there everyday lives without having a constant reminder of their illness Care +Wear is an American company though they do ship all over the world.



Care+Wear sells products for men, women and children. Their first product was the PICC line cover’s which were extremely popular as they were the first of there kind. Previously doctors had advised patients to use an old sock to make a tube to go around the arm. They have five stars on their website and many glowing reviews. The cover’s also come in some colours and sizes so everyone can get one no matter the gender, age or size. There second best selling product is there ODLAR chest 8 port access women’s and men’s hoodies. Their hoodies are made from a cotton/ lyocell blend which is perfect for someone who is going through cancer treatments as the skin is susceptible. They also have two zips that go down from the collarbone perfect for people going through Chemotherapy, dialysis and blood draws. They sell similar clothing for newborn babies and children also.


Social Media 

Care+Wear has a great looking website, which is so easy to use and clean. They also have profiles on facebook, twitter, Pinterest, Linkin and Instagram where they have 1,110 followers which is impressive for a relatively new company.

My Chronic Style


My chronic Style is the first clothing range designed for women who suffer from invisible illnesses. The founder of My Chronic Style is Paula P, she suffers from Endometriosis, Adenomyosis, Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Due to her illness, she found that not only was getting up and dressed hard but the idea of having to find something that was comfortable to wear was a huge issue. Because of her illness, Paula needs to wear clothes that are comfortable but aren’t too scruffy looking, so women can leave the house feeling confident about themselves. This is the first clothing range designed for women with chronic illness in the world. The company only started this year so the website is nice but quite basic, I think this will change the longer the company is open. I really like the idea of this company which is to make fashion accessible for all. I have taken inspiration from this company as I really like the message they are sending.


My Chronic Style sells lots of different ranges of clothing from full outfits, dresses, skirts, tops, trousers, underwear, accessories, sunglasses and nightwear. All the products are available from S to XXXL which is really good as any women of any size could buy the clothing. It doesn’t say on the website where the clothing is made and buys looking at the website I’m assuming that the clothing is made oversea’s which I don’t really agree with. I also think the photoshoots look quite fake photoshopped which I think hurts the brand. But they do have good reviews on there website and it shows that they ship all over the world.


Social Media 

My Chronic Style has several social media platforms that they regularly update. They have Facebook, Instagram, Twitter for a new company they have done well to get the followers and customers that they have especially as they haven’t come from a famous background like a lot of other people.


Stand Up to Cancer

Stand up to Cancer is a fundraising telethon on Channel 4. It is an annual campaign that brings the UK together to speed up progress in life-saving cancer research. Stand up to cancer funds research, which takes developments in the labs and accelerates them into brand new tests and treatments for cancer patients who need them. In the 1970s 1 in 4 people survived cancer how it is 2 in 4, stand up to cancer aim is to make it 3 in 4 by the year 2034. Stand up to cancer was originally launched in the US in 2008 and started in the UK in August 2012. The total amount of money raised in 2018 was an amazing 24,638,037.

To help with the fundraising channel 4 do special famous channel 4 shows such as ‘Great British Bake-off’, First Dates, Celebrity Gogglebox which runs for a week then they have a full show with performers, celebrities challenges are fighting cancer. As well as TV shows they also encourage people to fundraise themselves by hosting there own Bake Offs, Come Dine with Me’s etc they even sell packs online that you can buy to start your events with the official logos and face paints. They also sell merchandise you can buy such as T-shirts, bags and bracelets to name a few. They also use social media to gain a following they have 35.6K followers on Instagram, but they also use facebook, twitter and Youtube so they can interact with people across all platforms.

I really like this campaign and I think its a perfect example of how a successful 360-degree campaign is. This campaign uses print, online, tv and radio and even has products to help spread the message about the campaign and to raise money. I will be taking inspiration from this campaign of how to do it successfully, I also love how everything goes together, you can tell that they are all attached to the same campaign.