This time, she’s in ‘CiF’, giving more credence to the idea that it deals mainly in #firstworldproblems:
Common social perceptions about people with disabilities mean that nondisabled people are perennially surprised by the fact that, gosh, we really are just like them.Are we? Gosh! I didn’t know that was what I was expected to feel!
One area where that plays out in really frustrating ways is when it comes to fashion for people with physical disabilities. Or, should I say, the lack thereof, because there are almost no designers focusing specifically on designing clothes for people using wheelchairs and other mobility devices, or people with disabilities that may affect limb length and body structure.So, hop to it, love! Here you are – niche marketing! With a little bit of luck and talent you could make a fortune, surely?
Oh, no, wait. She isn’t wondering why no-one has cornered the market yet, and urging them to do so. She’s just whinging and whining and assuming the reasons why no such niche market exists:
Being fashionable is even more of an uphill battle, because fashion doesn't include you and doesn't want to include you, even though your body should present an interesting challenge to designers. People interested in the craft and construction of clothing should be intrigued by non-normative bodies and the potential they offer, instead of turning up their noses at the very idea and suggesting that people with physical disabilities aren't even worthy to wear their products.Has any fashion designer actually said that? I can’t believe, if they had, she wouldn’t have provided a link.
Oh, and you know who else couture fashion doesn’t include, sweetie? About 75% of the rest of the population.
You aren’t special here, far from it!
I want to live in a world where wheelchair users roll the runway along with ambulatory models, where amputees strut alongside people with other kinds of physical disabilities, and where it's not a stunt, but a genuine integration into the fashion community. I'd like to see physical disabilities represented in couture because so many people are disabled, and because at least some of them want to be involved in fashion and couture, and are passionate about garments, and are forced to cobble together their own fashion because nothing out there fits them.Yeah, yeah, yeah. And I want a pony.