In 2013 I designed adaptable shirts for the Future of Fashion V for the Lexington Fashion Collaborative. My five models were in wheelchairs and they rolled the runway (I’m not trying to say I started something but… :)) These shirts were made just for this fashion show but I’m hoping to add them to my Alter UR Ego clothing line. This was my coming out of letting people know I was designing an adaptable clothing. I was so excited that my wheelie friends joined me in my first venture.
The disabled definitely represented at New York Fashion week Paralyzed teen hits the runway. One of the models, Megan Silcott, who became paralyzed from the waist down from an undiagnosed case of mono took the catwalk with a walker by defying all odds of doctors telling her she would not walk again. To add to that she got a standing ovation! You can help her continue her rehabilitation by donating to her Go Fund Me page for a therapy system bike that insurance won’t pay for. We all know the struggles of Insurance and getting them to pay for things you need to better yourself. Megan didn’t let anything get in the way of her dreams of becoming a model. She both walked and rolled the runway with confidence. I think her and I would be good friends.
In FTL Moda’s AW15 show in New York Disabled models hit the catwalk for NYFW. In addition to the Wheelie Models the world’s first male amputee took the runway. The Italian foundation Fondazione Vertical supporting research to find a cure for spinal cord injuries was in collaboration with the show. Though this dress probably isn’t the easiest to roll with she still looks stunning and shes wearing heels that isn’t an easy task…at least not for me.