Style Notes: From Disabled People As “Desirable Fashion Customers” To The Malaysian StreetWear Initiative

How A Hollywood Stylist Is Helping The Fashion Industry See People With Disabilities As ‘Desirable Fashion Customers’

It was March, and Stephanie Thomas wanted to commemorate Women’s History Month by highlighting strong and fearless women. 

She didn’t want to just highlight any women, though. The fashion stylist who dresses people with disabilities in Hollywood wanted to make sure women with disabilities were not left out of the conversation— something she says happens often. 

Thomas set out to recreate magazine covers of iconic women of color, like Naomi Sims, Jennifer Lopez, Lena Horne, and Selena Quintanilla. She chose women with disabilities to celebrate and represent these BIPOC female trailblazers. In the photos, no wheelchairs or assisted devices were shown, Thomas says, as a way for the public to better see and identify with the models. …

Inclusive clothing brand Jam the Label is out to prove that fashion can be functional

How the Australian label is leading by example.

In recent years, fashion has finally started rectifying its exclusive short-sightedness, yet people living with disabilities are still largely ignored. Much like the ‘plus-size’ market, this represents a significant portion of the Australian population – one in five, in fact. 

Searching for clothing in this space – frequently labelled ‘adaptive’ fashion – is a disheartening task. Garments are either technical, bland or ultra-specific. Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive* launched in 2020, and Nike has dipped a pinky-toe in the market but, for the most part, it’s an untapped industry. Where are the aspirational clothes? The clothes that integrate personality and individuality? And why is this a market that has typically been ignored? …

This film explores the unique experience of designing fashion for diverse models

‘Clothes in Conversation’ follows the inspiring process of six Japanese designers creating adaptive garments for people of different abilities.

True Colors is a festival presented by The Nippon Foundation in Japan celebrating artists with disabilities through a program of thoughtfully curated, high production events. By providing platforms for diverse talents to showcase their often underrepresented skills, True Colors’ mission has long been to foster a more inclusive and accepting society in Japan and around the world. Their latest project, a documentary called Clothes in Conversation, follows students from Coconogacco—a Tokyo-based fashion school that abandons conventional methods of teaching—as they design outfits for models with various needs. From diverse body sizes and minds to prosthetic limbs and models in wheelchairs, the common thread we discover is a love of fashion and an understandable wish to dress in beautiful, well-fitting clothes.

Joey Fatone Says Parenting Daughter Kloey, 11, Who’s on the Autism Spectrum, ‘Opened Up My Mind’

Joey Fatone hosted Runway of Dreams Foundation’s new adaptive fashion show, which premiered Thursday night

Joey Fatone is thrilled about his daughter’s runway debut.

The ‘NSYNC alum, 44, and his 11-year-old daughter Kloey Alexandra appeared on People (the TV Show!) this week about her appearance in the Runway of Dreams Foundation‘s one-of-a-kind drive-in adaptive fashion show in Miami, Florida. The show premiered Thursday night.

Kloey, who is on the autism spectrum, walks in the show along with more than 40 Florida-based models, all of whom have a disability or difference.

Meet Influencer Mac Glitzy

… Mac Glitzy identifies as non-binary (expressing characteristics not entirely male nor female. They/them/theirs) and hopes to be an advocate for LGBQT youth as well as shed light on mental health awareness with their own personal opticals overcoming anxiety disorder and depression.

  “Never fitting in has never felt so good.” – Mac Glitzy

Malaysian streetwear initiative seeks to make autism less of a taboo

Autism is often regarded as being swept under the rug. Few people reportedly want to talk about it, either because of not knowing how to broach the subject or due to a lack of knowledge in having a proper discourse.

A new streetwear initiative in Malaysia is now seeking to change that. The Autism Streetwear Project wants to “rebrand” the condition so that it does not remain a taboo subject – instead, giving it a more welcomed identity.

Founder Dr Khew E Joon says it is all about getting the word out and educating people. One effective way to achieve this is to draw a parallel between autism and streetwear. …

Autism is not an insult

Daniel Rios Asensi was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at the age of 11. Now in his teens, he shares his experiences and discusses the importance of raising awareness on the condition.

I’m autistic. I was diagnosed at the age of 11. This shouldn’t feel insulting to me, it’s just a fact. Yet, I’ve heard the word ‘autistic’ used in a derogatory fashion time and time again by many people.

Now, it’s come to feel a bit like a nega­tive adjective for me. Some people don’t use it as an insult but due to not knowing any better; they are not aware of how autism can affect people in completely different ways. They believe that all autistic people can’t talk at all, that they’re antisocial and have very high IQs. You know the stereotype. …

Beyond Trend: An Honest Conversation About Fashion, Race, Elitism and Community

Four industry power brokers tell it like it is.

It was just over a year ago, during the fall 2020 show season, that the fashion world gathered together in one place for the last time. Since then, the twin forces of the pandemic and the social justice movement have riven the industry, forcing it to take a new look at an old system and confront questions that had been papered over for years — especially its own history of racism.

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