In some ways, fashion is the original art form because it uses a canvas that everyone possesses: the human body. And, as we know, all human bodies are different. They come in different colors, shapes and sizes. This doesn't prevent people from wanting to be fashionable and to look good. Now, the Runway of Dreams foundation is bringing fashion to people with disabilities with their catchy motto, "Where there's a will, there's a runway."
Mindy and Oliver Scheier's Story
The foundation was founded by Mindy Scheier, a fashion designer whose son, Oliver, has muscular dystrophy. Because of this, it's very difficult for him to perform certain tasks like buttoning his shirt or zipping his pants.
One day, Mindy says, Oliver came home from school saying that he wanted to wear jeans. So she took a pair of his jeans and replaced the zipper with Velcro. Her son was so happy about this new invention that it gave her the idea of doing something fashion-oriented for the differently abled.
Oliver felt good about the fact that he would be able to do something that he saw all his schoolmates doing. And this is what gave Mindy the idea to start the Runway of Dreams foundation.
Adaptive Clothing at New York Fashion Week
This year, the foundation organized a fashion show featuring 40 models who had disabilities. The fashion show kicked off New York Fashion Week and featured adaptive clothing, made specifically for people with disabilities. This type of adaptive clothing is made for people who, like Mindy's son Oliver, have trouble dressing independently or are sensitive to certain materials. And it's made by well known brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Zappos and Kohl's.
Additionally, the foundation encourages donations of adaptive clothing, conducts adaptive design workshops, builds awareness through campaigns and also has scholarship programs.
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