I had the opportunity to do this photo shoot with amazing brands like Paul Magen, Valdenize
Soares, Judith Leiber represented by Sangeeta Assomull and with the fantastic photographer Sikandar. The stylist was Saskia Rowlans and the makeup was by Hanna Soraya.
The outfits are amazing. It was a very cold day, around -1 degrees Celsius and we were taking the photographs outside. I think you will agree that the results are stunning. Special thanks to Saskia for putting everything together.
The lifestyle of a model is not all glamour. It requires a lot of hard work sometimes in extreme temperatures. It was a great pleasure to work on this project with such great people. We had great fun working as a team and the results you can see in the video below.
If you would like to follow any of these brands or professionals on Instagram here are their addresses.
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.
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.