Teatum Jones chooses disabled models for LFW
There was something a little out of the ordinary about two of the first models to walk down the catwalk last Friday to mark the first shows for London Fashion Week.
Of course, it goes without saying, having a couple of beautiful people – who just so happen to have a disability – shouldn’t be anything unusual, but the fashion industry is still one season behind when it comes to inclusivity.
Teatum Jones’ ‘The Body’ show focused on disability awareness – or ‘lack of’ – bringing their models out to a soundtrack featuring Kate Tempest and an extract from Meryl Streep’s Golden Globe acceptance speech where she targeted President Donald Trump for allegedly mocking a disabled journalist.
Kelly Knox, winner of BBC3’s Britain’s Missing Top Model and Jack Eyers – the first disabled model to walk down the catwalk at New York Fashion Week – were chosen for last week’s London show by designer Cat Teatum.
Jack Eyres and Kelly Knox
Teatum‘s idea of choosing disabled models came to her after she met members of the Paralympics community.
She told The Telegraph: “Able and disabled bodied people don’t have different desires when it comes to fashion. They want great textiles, interesting shapes. Kelly and Jack are dressed in the collection like the other models. We’ve just had conversations with them about how to adapt their clothing. The overriding message is that we’re all the same.”
The clothes worn at the show, which included a mid-length dress worn by Knox, suggested a more accessible outfit for women compared to the designer’s previous offerings.
London Fashion Week runs until 26 February 2017. For more information go to LFW website.