Visit to University of the Arts London

Visit to University of the Arts London

Disabled Model Samanta Bullock
With Saskia at Fashion University in London. Talking about the importance of Disabled Models

I often undertake talks on various aspects of life as a wheelchair user.   One of these talks was to a group of students at the University of Arts in London who was studying fashion.  I was invited by one of the students (Saskia Rowlands) that wanted to explore further making fashion more inclusive of everybody.

The tutor and the students were surprised to learn that 20% of the population has a disability and that there is a large market that is not being catered for by fashion designers and retailers.   Sam shared ideas on how clothes could be designed in an inclusive way so that fashion can be accessed by people with a range of impairments.

Wheelchair model Samanta Bullock giving a talk at UAL in London  Disabled
Wheelchair model Samanta Bullock giving a talk at UAL in London

We discussed ideas to how clothes could be designed for wheelchair users, amputees and the visually impaired.  For example, wheelchair users do not need back pockets on jeans and trousers need to be designed for people who are in seated position.  Tactile labels could be used to inform people with visual impairments of the colour and patterns of clothes.

I really enjoyed the opportunity to share some thoughts and ideas with a group of young designers and hope that they will embrace some of the thinking into their work.

Evolution of the Fashion Industry

Evolution of the Fashion Industry

It was exciting to be part of evolution in the fashion industry during 2017 London Fashion Week. To be invited by Models of Diversity to model designer Louise Linderoth’s range ‘Have a Seat’ in a Fashion Scout show was a dream come true. To then be featured by Vogue added to the excitement.

Disabled Model
Getting ready for London Fashion Week

I trained as a model from the age of eight and have always been determined that my accident at the age of 14 would not take that dream away from me. I have done a lot of modeling but to be involved in London Fashion Week has been a long-standing ambition.

Wheelchair Model Samanta Bullock
Wheelchair Model Samanta Bullock

I loved modeling the designs of clothes developed by another wheelchair user and look forward to working with Louise again in the future.

 

It was also exciting to visit Old Spitalfields Market in the evening and support Models of Diversity fashion show with other disabled models and all range of diversity on the catwalk celebrating diversity in fashion.