Design for Disability Selects Anna Sui as Official Mentor
Anna Sui is the official mentor at this year’s Design for Disability Fashion Show and Gala. The annual event features innovations in fashion for individuals living with disabilities. Hosted by the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, the event is now in its third year. Student designers from the Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology will showcase their looks at New York City’s Metropolitan Pavilion. Before the big unveiling on May 9, Sui will continue to advise students; guiding the development of accessible, fashion-forward collections. “I’ve always been affected by how a bold assertion of color and whimsy can bring so much to the world and people who live within it. It’s been joyful and meaningful to see how this sensibility applies so spectacularly to this work,” the iconic fashion designer explained to WWD.
The Design for Disability Fashion Show and Gala will kick off with a Virtual Reality experience. Guests will get a small taste of what an average day might be like for a non-verbal person in a wheelchair. Being able to participate in the VR experience prior to looking at the collections will not only help guests better understand the challenges faced by disabled individuals, but connect with the designs as functional artwork. “This year, we’ve taken the gala to a whole new place. People will take a transformational journey,” said Richard Ellenson, CEO of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. He noted, “The VR experience will let us experience the depth of how we misperceive others, and the runway show will allow us to celebrate not only the models with disabilities and the fashion designers, but also our own recalibration as we see disability in a proper light: bright, vivid, and with a true measure of gorgeousness.”