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This company creates new clothing line for people with disabilities

Designer Tommy Hilfiger is taking inclusivity to the next level. This week he launched his Spring Adaptive Collection, a third line aimed at people with disabilities.

In 2016 Hilfiger created a first inclusive clothing line for children. He collaborated with Runway of Dreams, a nonprofit organization which works towards the inclusion of disabled people in fashion industry. In 2017 the designer created his first line aimed at adults with special needs.

Hilfiger’s third line includes all typical types of clothes like dresses, pants, jackets, skirts, and shorts. This line still looks like typical Tommy Hilfiger collection, but with some important alterations. The clothes are modified with magnetic buttons, adjustable hems, velcro closures, one-handed zippers to serve people with various levels of ability.

Tommy Hilfiger launched his Spring Adaptive Collection, a clothing line aimed at people with disabilities

Despite the fact, that one billion people worldwide live with disabilities, clothing options for them are limited

Hilfiger’s efforts to be more inclusive is a big step forward for diverse fashion

In 2016 Hilfiger collaborated with Runway of Dreams and created his first clothing line for disabled children

Runway of Dreams is a nonprofit organization which works towards the inclusion of disabled people in the fashion industry

This year he designed the second line of clothes for differently abled adults

This line still looks like typical Tommy Hilfiger collection, but with some important alterations

The clothes are modified with magnetic buttons, adjustable hems, velcro closures, one-handed zippers

Hopefully, other designers will follow this example and take a step forward to be more inclusive and diverse

I really wish that designing clothes for disabled people incorporated not just accessibility, not just style for autonomy and expression, so that we can wear clothes whilst being disabled people, but also focused on us looking good as disabled people.

What I mean is, give me dresses that look best when you’re sitting down so wheelchair users look extra fabulous in them! Give me visually and tactily interesting fabric coordination made specifically for blind/vi people! Long maxi skirts with different shimmery designs on the front and back, so that you can see the skirt change as a rollator user switches positions!

Handbags that attach securely to forearm crutches. Shirts with random seductive slits cut to show my IcyHot patches. Stylish stim jewelry that keeps up with the fads of the season. I could go on! My point is, disability fashion doesn’t end with us having clothing options and a few more colorful mobility aids in the store to choose from. Disability fashion should incorporate our bodies, our natural physical aesthetic, the shapes we create authentically as we move in our own beautiful ways. That’s what I wanna see on disability fashion.

guillermo del toro didn’t have to make a gay-coded disabled type-A scientist who dresses weirdly and uses a cane but he did and i’m thankful every day for it


What It’s Like to Be a Disabled Model in the Fashion Industry

I am 26 years old and I have cerebral palsy. I am also a writer, journalist, activist, and I travel around the world speaking about disability and representation. But my humanity can sometimes take a back seat to the eyes of strangers who are often either agitated by my mere presence or feel entitled to answers about my disability as if it is my only trait. I experience this every time I enter public spaces. The eyes on me are unforgiving; some people even going as far as making snide remarks when I pass by. In stores, I sometimes feel like I am at a press conference. People feel they have the right to either assume that I was in some mysterious car accident (I wasn’t) or to walk up to me and ask questions about my body.

No one likes to be judged unfairly. It is dehumanizing and traumatizing. Feeling like people are looking at you or judging you is one of the most fraught experiences when you are a person with a disability. So what do you do when your job is to have people look at you? Chelsea Werner, a gymnast and model with Down syndrome; Jillian Mercado, a model with spastic muscular dystrophy; and Mama Cax, a blogger, model, amputee, and disability advocate, all know this experience firsthand. Modeling is predicated on a traditional sense of ability: Models have bodies that are considered to be aspirational, and they strut down the runway as though they are giving an ode to able-bodied walking. This makes the rise of models with disabilities revolutionary, calling into question an acceptable form of discrimination in the industry. Campaigns such as Aerie’s most recent, featuring disabled models, disrupt existing visions of beauty and make space to both celebrate and market to a wider array of bodies.

For Jillian, Chelsea, and Mama Cax, the more their stars rise, the more they are in front of judgmental eyes as they reach a wider audience and an industry that doesn’t quite know what to do with the disabled celebrity.

While the fashion industry has been reluctant to include a full range of diverse bodies, what any smart business is responsive to is demand. In 2013, when Bethann Hardison, Iman, and Naomi Campbell demanded more inclusion of black models as a part of the Diversity Coalition, they named names. Calvin Klein was one of the designers named, and five years later, the brand has added black models to their fall 2018 ad campaign. This is a small step, but a step nonetheless in the right direction. Additionally, with campaigns like #BlackModelsMatter that launched in 2015 (the phrase was seen on model Ashley Chew’s tote bag in 2015), this year the industry has seen its most racially diverse Fashion Week in history with the spring 2018 shows.

The recent push for inclusion aside, the fashion industry has all but shut out disabled models and consumers save for a few special occasions. Chelsea’s mother, Lisa, recalls being rejected when they first started looking for modeling agencies for Chelsea. “We contacted all sorts of agencies in San Francisco and L.A., and every one of them told us that there’s no market for a model with a disability.” Growing up, Jillian remembers never seeing disabled models in fashion or entertainment. “There wasn’t anyone who looked like me in any magazines or mainstream media, TV, or anything. It excluded me from something that I was very passionate about. It was definitely confusing because I knew my worth in the world. I knew that there’s [so many] people out there like me, but we are never included in any conversations.”

Disabled people and disabled models are still left out of most campaign ads and runway shows. This lack of representation has implications: When you go so long without seeing yourself it is easy to interpret that lack of representation to mean you’re ugly and unworthy, that you deserve to be invisible or even worse, are grotesque. The erasure can have an impact on your mental health.

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📸: Camila Falquez

Idk who needs to hear this but if youre a femme/andro wheelchair user, especially if you’re a part time wheelchair user:

Look into maternity jeans. Seriously. Wheelchair adapted jeans are like so expensive, plus nearly always online only which is a terrible way to find a good fit in clothing and sizing. Plus lets be honest most of them are ugly as fuck.

Whereas maternity jeans will accomplish almost entirely thr same thing, while being more available and affordable, with more style options. Plus if youre a part time user - they look good both sitting AND standing. Over-the-bump maternity jeans

-dont dig into your stomach or hurt (everyones stomach rounds out a bit when sitting vs standing/laying, nothing to be ashamed of ❤)

-dont ride down in the back. Im sick of having to adjust my jeans and wear thigh length tunic top shirts, while sitting uncomfy on my own damn waistband.

- dont gape out in the back. And since we sit below those standing, anyone standing near behind? line of sight goes right down our butts.

So yeah in ither news i got maternity jeans today and they are gonna change my life lolol.


Tommy Hilfiger just made history with a clothing line for kids with disabilities

This week, Tommy Hilfiger announced a line of adaptive clothing (clothing that’s adapted for people with disabilities) for children, created in partnership with Runway of Dreams, an organization started by New Jersey-based fashion designer Mindy Scheier, who had her own upsetting experiences with the lack of adaptive clothing.

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Navigating Disability Fashion and Gender Presentation [CC] [Video by @annieelainey]

I associate with a LOT of what Annie’s taking about in this video. Please check out this great video!


Just posted a video for the first time in forever! In this vid I go over a variety of fashion concerns relevant to many types of chronic illnesses from PICC lines to crutches and behyond~! Please feel free to check it out!