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Fashion without borders: Special people on the catwalk

Fashion for people with special needs on the Moscow catwalk.
By Ksenia Isaeva
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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia is on, and plenty of shows have been held over two last weeks of October. On October 23 Bezgraniz Couture (Borderless Couture) and the British Higher School of Art & Design presented the WearABLE Future project, a fashion collection for people with special needs.
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Clothes for special needs are special because they differ from standard off-the-rack wear.
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In the words of the young designers themselves, nice clothes are available in every retail store, but people with special needs need unique clothes adapted to their figures.
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Such clothes are simple to put on and take off without assistance. Buttons and buckles are easy to fasten.
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People with Down’s Syndrome have a specific pear-shaped figure; its imperfections can be hidden with special clothes.
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People with special needs also have problems with their dexterity and coordination, so there are no buttons, only zippers or buckles.
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They often lose and forgot umbrellas, hats and gloves. The outdoor clothes in the collection were tailored from waterproof fabric; gloves and hats can be fastened and kept in place.
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The tops and jackets were tailored to look good even if the wearer cannot walk. Wheelchair movement is not constrained in any way.
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Trousers for amputees are fastened along the leg, since it’s not easy to pull on tight-fitting jeans or narrow trousers over a prosthetic limb.
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Designer Darina Glushkova, who worked on the project, says: “Essentially, a wheelchair should not change anything in life except how people move around. If I were in a wheelchair, I would still want to actively communicate with people, be attractive to men, enjoy life and carry on doing what I love.”
October 26, 2015
Tags: social projects, people

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