Fashion is making a leap towards a deeper definition of inclusivity! In partnership with NP Open World, a non-profit organization aiming to give opportunities to those who are physically challenged, Moscow Fashion Week sent a slew of models in wheelchairs at the Gostiny Dvor shopping center in Moscow.
The models were clad in leather pieces and midnight blue cocktail dresses adorned with brooches and tulle head pieces.
The Swedish School of Textiles in Borås also showcased a model in a wheelchair on their runway. This statement-making move signifies that there is not one kind of model out there, and it doesn't matter what your skin color or body shape is. Being in a wheelchair or having a disability shouldn't hinder you from becoming a runway model or realizing your dreams.
Using wheelchair-bound models is not new to the Moscow fashion community. Just this 2017, designer Bergraniz Couture TM also used models who are physically challenged.
And years before that, designers Daria Razumihina, Oksana Livencova, and Miguel Angelo Fernandes Carvalho have also featured models with different physical disabilities at the the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Russia.