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Student creates adaptive fashion range for people with physical disabilities

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The menswear collection is entirely adaptive (Picture: Nottingham Trent University )

A student from Nottingham Trent University wowed crowds at her graduation show with her innovative collection of clothes designed for people with disabilities.

Evie Ashwin showcased her adaptive collection as part of Graduate Fashion Week, and each outfit was worn by a model who has a physical disability.

Evies collection aims to address the problems that the fashion industry can cause for disabled people, recognising that fashion should be fully accessible for everyone.

I wanted a concept that would reflect inclusivity and a strong sense of belonging and community, says Evie.

We all have different expectations from our clothes – we want pieces that fit well. We use clothing to express our personalities and to fit in with our peer groups, so we need clothing to be fashionable and trend setting.

When we find the right outfit it enhances our appearance and we feel good and confident about ourselves.

Evie's inclusive fashion collection
We use clothing to express our personalities and to fit in (Picture: Nottingham Trent University)
Evie's inclusive fashion collection
I wanted a concept that would reflect inclusivity (Picture: Nottingham Trent University)

However, the majority of high street clothing is made to enhance the able-bodied figure, with little or no regard for the physically disabled sector of society.

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Graduate Fashion Week is a celebration of imaginative and innovative collections from seven universities including Bath Spa, Birmingham City, Nottingham Trent, Manchester School of Art, Manchester Fashion Institute, Edinburgh College of Arts and Ravensbourne.

Evie's inclusive fashion collection
The collection was showcased as part of Graduate Fashion Week (Picture: Nottingham Trent University)
Evie's inclusive fashion collection
Evie used questionnaires to find out what disabled people wanted from fashion (Picture: Nottingham Trent University)

Evie is proud that her collection is doing something positive.

My concept is based on the football culture. The reason why I have looked at football is because it is a community which everyone feels part of, no one is left out, says Evie.

I am looking at the slogan “Strength In Unity” and I believe this sums up my collection, especially their passion and brotherhood for one another.

I feel like the timing is right, there is lots of talking about mental health in the media and body positivity, its about time we talk about inclusive design too.

Evie's inclusive fashion collection
Its about time we talk about inclusive design (Picture: Nottingham Trent University)
Evie's inclusive fashion collection
I have hidden easy fastenings for quick and independent dressing (Picture: Nottingham Trent University)

Evie used a questionnaire to understand the issues that people with a disability have with regards to clothing.

She also reached out to various companies who campaign for equality for people with a disability, as well as a wheelchair sport company, RGK Wheelchairs.

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