The Fashion Show
Introducing a first-of-its-kind fashion show, with start-to-finish SMA community involvement, that aims to increase disability visibility, break down stereotypes and champion adaptive fashion.
SMA community members led the program from beginning to end - conceptualizing the message, collaborating with design fellows at Open Style Lab (OSL) on garment adaptations, and walking or rolling the runway as a prelude to New York Fashion Week. Through this show, the SMA community is inviting the world to do a double-take, not because of their disabilities but because of their style and individuality, challenging the stereotype that people with disabilities want to blend in or erase their differences. Double Take also prompts the audience to see people with disabilities occupying a space that's often shut off to them.
Singer / Songwriter
Pink suit with a jacket featuring hidden magnetic front closure to create the look of buttons without the challenge of fastening them. Howling wolf beadwork at his back pays homage to his singing career.
Shane and Hannah
Social Influencers / Husband and Wife
Shane's purple velvet suit jacket has stretch panels at the elbows to facilitate bending and invisible zippers for separating the sleeves and back for easier dressing. Matching seated-fit pants incorporate stretch to counter the stiff velvet material.
Model / Actress
One-piece halter printed catsuit tailored to fit her unique proportions and styled with a custom-made chainmail belt. Matching boot coverings created from excess fabric to create a continuous look.
Singer / Coder
Green custom gown created from lightweight fabric to drape well and avoid bunching at midsection when seated.
Amber-Joi and Céline
Entrepreneur / Mother and Child
Céline's silver fringe shift dress features expandable side panels and a bonus layer of fringe that snaps on to add length. This design would allow the dress to grow with her since accessible clothing tends to be expensive - an added cost sometimes referred to as a "disability tax".
Joe and Lexi
Student / Brother and Miss New Jersey / Sister
Joe's red leather jacket was deconstructed, with the sleeves separated from the body and attached instead to a stretchable harness that runs underneath. This adaptation maximizes arm mobility, despite the stiff, heavy material, to facilitate wheelchair operation.
Two-sided reversible cape custom-printed with Scott's own surrealist artwork. The hem is weighted to keep it in place. Capes are Scott's outerwear of choice, for freedom of movement and easy on/off.
In memoriam (1975-2023)
Rachel and Otto
Advocate / Mother and Child
Otto's popsicle-print suit is tailored to look sharp in a seated posture while also accommodating walking. Gussets at the shoulder increase the range of arm motion needed to operate his wheelchair. Openings in the suit jacket and shirt provide g-tube access.
Poet / Student
Red off-the-shoulder gown modified with lace-front closure and a stretch panel in place of a back zipper, which can be both hard to use and uncomfortable to press against all day.
Magenta one-shoulder gown modified to her measurements and outfitted with velcro closure and a wraparound elastic waistband. Skirt hemmed to avoid interfering with wheels.
Sheer blue beaded gown tailored to her measurements. Length and volume were removed from the skirt to avoid interfering with the wheels of her chair.