I came here to tell you that today we will be discussing inclusivity at a panel at Fashions Finest. The panel will be at 2pm at the De Vere Grand Connaughts Rooms, 61-65 great Queen Street, Holborn, London WC28 5DA
The panel is called: Beyond Representation: Inclusivity & Fashion
It will be hosted by Gayle Thompson and I will be part of the panel:
Markus Roberts-Clark – model
Rosanne Stuart ( Madelaine Stuart’s mum)
Sola Oyebade – Chief Evexecutive/Creative Director Mahogany International
Frederica Boateng -Fashion Market/Business Lecture Fashions Business Advisor
Samanta Bullock – Wheelchair model/Influencer/Activist for inclusion
It is so important that society is starting to talk about inclusion and representation in the industry.
Thank you to Deborah Saint Louise for opening the doors and being supportive of these matters.
I will try to make a live on my IG.
All day today I was making notes and studying the subject. Here are some numbers:
Disabled People are 20% of Population;
The fashion Industry loses £420 million per week for not being inclusive;
Purple Pound – We have spending power of £250 billion.
You should come to the panel to learn more things and help to make a change.
I will be wearing Gunda_Hafner from top to bottom. The most dynamic and modern designer of all times in my point of view. I collaborated with her and with no doubt she agreed do make me something we both liked. I am sure she also can make for you. I will show you later on.
Also, at the end of the day we have the Soiree, final show and I will be in it. Come and join us and have a good time. Don’t forget to pop by to say hi.
When I did my first fashion show I was only 8 years old. I loved it so much that I always knew what I wanted to be in life. I can’t record that I wanted to be anything other than a model. Even a tennis player that I already was at that time, I didn’t want to be. This was something that ‘accidentally’ happened later on. I would say I like to play tennis as I would like to play handball and I was good at both of them. Coming back to my dream, to be a model was what I wanted to be.
What to say to a 14-year-old when she became disabled that the thing she was doing wouldn’t be possible anymore? That she wouldn’t do this, that she couldn’t do that.Yes, I was sadder I couldn’t walk on the catwalk anymore than to walk on its own. I would mind being disabled if I could walk in the catwalk and to come back to my wheelchair afterward.
The fact was, no one was doing, we didn’t have it, It would be a dream, even a dream, it wasn’t a possibility. How could you be a model 30 years ago if you were disabled? Are you crazy? …
Two months after my accident while I was still in the recovery process I got a call from an agency in Sao Paulo in Brazil asking me to model for them in Italy. The fact was I couldn’t even fight at that moment as disabled people didn’t have any representation in the fashion industry.I and never seen a disabled model on the catwalk or in magazines. Even today who is the model you have in mind when we talk about disabled models, maybe those with a minor disability, the ones the industry accept, but really who do we have as a role model? We are not even there yet to have a name that will be in your mind, maybe a few, but the name that the world know at the top of the tongue as Gisele, Naomi… many years of beautiful work that these girls are doing? It was taken from me, and I was not allowed to model again ( at that time).
I would like my legacy to make the world more inclusive, to have a new generation of models and influencers, and to give visibility to disabled people. I don’t want another me at 14 years old frustrated because she (or he) couldn’t be what she (or he) wants to be.
The option should be there. We should rediscover ourselves, make us feel beautiful, to feel relevant.
I am asking you to be open to the new concepts of beauty. We are here, we exist, we can’t be ignored. Also, the world is craving for more reality, for more acceptance and greater representation.
Sorry to tell you the Pandora’s box has been opened. We won’t come back and we won’t be quiet. From here on we only can move forward.
When I say fashion is getting more inclusive could be that I am being optimistic, and I am, but a few years ago we would imagine brands to be contacting our working with disabled models. Its where I came to give them a voice and help them to make sure there are making the right thing making clothes for everyone.
I had a photo shoot with the wonderful Radha. She is knowing the designer and has been to Paris and Fashions Finest, London Fashion Week and much more with her collection. Her inspiration come through the music, and I am so happy we are working together to empower women.
Here is little about her story you would like to know.
Has a very prestigious history, while the label is still young the designer showcased her first Couture collection in London Fashion Week 2017 and was nominated for Britain’s Top Designer award in Fashion’s Finest. The Label showcased Alongside Cristiano Ronaldo’s CR7 Collection in MadieraFashionWeekend, Portugal in Spring. The Designer then went to the debut.
Her second couture collection in Paris Fashion Week, as part of OxfordFashionStudio where her collection “Light Through the Darkness” was received to great acclaim by the international press and Fashion Industry.
The garment should do more than clothe a body, it must become an experience for the wearer. Fashion is an art, a platform to express feelings of emotion, joy, and sensuality.
The personal narrative of each piece is a combination of strength, empowerment, and love. These elements are achieved and captured in the bespoke and unique surface prints.
Customers are made to feel strong, empowered and part of a magical experience that only when you wear one of the handcrafted garments do you appreciate all the love that has gone into each piece. Her collections withhold meaning beyond the fabric, she incorporates aspects such as nature, architecture, cultures, music, and traditions.
The Fashion events even embody the essence of the Label by featuring Catwalk models from diverse backgrounds and cultures to make it a universal show and everyone being equal on the fashion runway. Music has been and still is a strong influence on the designer’s work and life. Radha spent time in the beautiful island of Ibiza where she was inspired by the music and culture.
Music and dance are celebrated by each individual and this then takes one to a place of euphoria and to feel the positive energy and vibes. This is why she developed the Label to celebrate both the House Music and Fashion that brings a connection through each and every one of us.
The House of Radha came to revolutionary the Fashion with it’s modern and audacious brand. Check her out: https://www.thehouseofradha.co.uk