Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Designers for the Disabled
Models have walked the runways in leaps and bounds in recent years. The controversially anorexic have grown curves, gained breasts, and now, they're taking another step.
For the first time ever, a fashion show used disabled models for two shows in London. Showcasing clothes from the likes of Ann Summers and ASOS, the fashion shows had support from Eastenders and Hollyoaks stars, as well as gaining critical success.
Proceeds from the shows went towards supporting HAFAD (Hammersmith and Fulham Action on Disability) who hosted the first show on the 22 Oct. The second show on the 25th was hosted by London fashion show "Disabled and Sexy" who featured their show for spinal muscular atrophy awareness.
The models featured in the show stated that, for their own personal reasons, the shows helped prove that even people with disabilities could look and feel sexy.
The fashion shows coincided with the search for contestants for a new BBC3 programme. "Britains Missing Top Model" which will have the same premise as "Britains Next Top Model", except this time around eight disabled woman will compete for the prize; a high-fashion photo shoot and a cover on a glossy magazine.
Is this really fashion with a heart? Or is this just this seasons trend? I highly doubt whether next years collections will showcase disabled models (rumour has it that a couple of high profile designers refused to collaborate with the HAFAD shows), but for now, the shallow walls are crumbling on superficiality.