Syafiqah, diagnosed with Athetoid Cerebral Palsy, was a little shy when meeting her fellow models. But when the time came, she confidently drove onto the runway dressed in an outfit that we hope would pave the way for adaptive fashion and inclusive fashion modelling!
Do experiences and needs from clothing change when one is seated on a wheelchair? Over the course of our exchanges and interviews with people with disabilities (PWDs), we understood that their challenges become very different once they are on a wheelchair. Understanding is one thing, but experiencing is another and we decided we needed to do just that.
Preparation is half the battle won. Unless in the next half of the battle you’re pitted against Murphy's Law on steroids. Then, everything that can go wrong will go wrong and everything that cannot go wrong will also go wrong.
Mdm Yeo was going for a hip replacement surgery and they were looking for post-surgery clothes. Being wheelchair bound, wearing conventional clothing became an uphill task. Even with the help of a caregiver, Mdm Yeo had to uncomfortably tug and struggle her way into trousers and tops.
Through a combination of silkscreening and embroidery, we created a shirt for Singapore's Prime Minister that is both a solution to UV awareness and a symbol of Singapore’s efforts towards a sustainable ecosystem!