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More than a buzzword: Inclusivity expands the fashion world

Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, October 23, 2019  /  02:55 pm
More than a buzzword: Inclusivity expands the fashion world

Touch up: The inclusive photoshoot was part of the British Council's focus on disability in the arts. (JP/Donny Fernando)

While most fashion campaigns feature able-bodied models, those with disabilities are slowly gaining representation in glossy magazines and on the runway. Tommy Hilfiger, for example, launched the Tommy Adaptive line in 2017 with clothes specially designed for ease of putting on. On the catwalk, this September’s New York Fashion Week kicked off with models of all abilities at the Runway of Dreams event, while the rise of Madeline Stuart as the first professional model with Down syndrome has shown that everyone can be a star. However, in Indonesia, shows and campaigns featuring models with disabilities are a rather rare sight. However, progress is slowly being made with initiatives such as last year’s British Council inclusive show at Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW) featuring three models with disabilities side by side with professionals clad in clothes by labe...