Many fashion designers take great pride in their experimental and fantastical creations, but Elisa Lim makes clothes that enable people to dress themselves with dignity. “Why can’t we wear something just because it is not designed to be worn easily?”
Fashion design has always been my passion, but when I pursued my fashion diploma at Lasalle College of the Arts, I realised luxury fashion didn’t quite resonate with me. I began questioning my place in the fashion industry.
Will & Well founder, Elisa Lim, designs inclusive yet easy-to-wear clothes for people with disabilities. It took Elisa Lim five years of research about designing clothes for people with special needs and disabilities before she started her inclusive fashion brand, Will & Well.
For some of us, adversity has undoubtedly played a part in paving a new route to success. I always believed that tough times don’t last, but tough men do. As cliche as it sounds, it holds a certain truth as pushing through failure makes success a sweeter victory.
How often do you struggle to pull up the zip at the back of your dress or fumble with the buttons on your shirt cuffs? Now think about how difficult these daily routines are for those with physical challenges because of age, illness or disability.
This 25-year-old makes clothes for the disabled. She’s still finding acceptance in the design industry. In June 2017, fashion design student Elisa Lim capped off her final-year project for LASALLE College of the Arts with a runway show – but not the usual kind.
When the passion for fashion originates from a heart full of compassion, what comes out are clothes of unparalleled distinction. Clothing that any person with a disability can be proud of is what fashion design student, Elisa Lim, created after her final-year project for LASALLE College of the Arts.