Elisa walked through the doors of Bold At Work with a bold vision of how dressmaking can be both a time of respite, as well as a transferable skillset for those hoping to reimagine what the future of dressing could be for their loved ones.
Imagine being caught in a tug-of-war every time you try to get dressed. That was Yeye’s life after his first stroke attack in November last year. Trying to make his recovery process a smoother one, we sat down with him and his caregiver to dive into the daily dressing challenges that they faced.
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!