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British Council's inclusive runway show stars disabled models

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Mon, October 22, 2018 | 05:41 pm
British Council's inclusive runway show stars disabled models

One model graced the runway in her wheelchair, another model with Down syndrome elegantly strutted the same runway and a third model with physical disabilities did not let them hinder her fabulous stride. (www.instagram.com/idbritisharts//File)

This weekend saw the annual Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW) open with international designers presenting their creations on the catwalk at Senayan City, Central Jakarta. 

One particular show of interest was the British Council’s UK/Indonesia (UK/ID) Season 2016-18 Runway show, held on the second day of the opening weekend of the JFW on Sunday.

“The exclusive fashion demonstration hosted by Teatum Jones and Sean Sheila in the UK/ID Festival 2018 is one manifestation of the success of cooperation, in which differences in culture, language and disabilities become the glue to produce inspirational and inclusive works,” said British Council Indonesia director Paul Smith during a press conference held at the 2019 JFW Fashion Tent on Sunday.

The British Council presented an inclusive fashion performance that starred three disabled models. One model graced the runway in her wheelchair, another model with Down syndrome elegantly strutted the same runway and a third model with physical disabilities did not let them hinder her fabulous stride.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bekerjasama dengan @festivalbebasbatas, kemarin malam UK/ID Festival menghadirkan peragaan busana inklusif yang melibatkan model penyandang disabilitas di ajang perlehatan fashion @jfwofficial. Merk desainer asal Inggris @teatumjones dan @sean_sheila dari Indonesia menampilkan koleksi terbaru mereka. Kedua label fashion tersebut memang mempromosikan inklusifitas dalam kesehariannya. Teatum Jones menggunakan koleksi pakaian sebagai wadah penyampaian aspirasi positif, sedangkan Sean Sheila sejak pertama berdiri memberikan lapangan pekerjaan bagi penyandang disabilitas. Lihat Instastory kami dengan highlight JFW X FBB untuk melihat cuplikan fashion show semalam. Hadiri juga Talkshow mengenai keragaman dan inklusifitas besok, 23 Oktober pukul 3 sore di The Hall, @senayancity. - #UKIDFestival2018 #UKIndonesia #BreakingBoundaries

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Those involved in the presentation, which was a part of a three-year-long collaboration between Indonesia and the United Kingdom, included British Council Indonesia senior program manager Camelia Harahap and its director of art and creative industry Adam Pushkin, Indonesian designer Sean Sheila and the designer of UK-based Teatum Jones, Rob Jones.

Read also: UK/ID Festival returns with highlights on Indonesian diversity

“UK/ID 2016 - 2018 is a program that not only marries the world of creative performance to the creative industry of Indonesia and Britain, but also is the realization of the dream of harnessing the potential of those involved,” Smith said.

For this year the UK/ID Festival 2018 will run from Oct. 11 until Nov. 4 across several locations in Jakarta. During the event, the British Council will also introduce Festival Bebas Batas (Borderless Festival), said to be the first disability arts celebration in Indonesia that was inspired by the Unlimited Festival in UK. (acr/kes)

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