NGO “Belarusian association of assistance to children and young people with disabilities” implements a variety of socially important projects and organizes different republican activities. A fashion show “New opportunities” was one of them. It was organized in cooperation with the Republican NGO “Belarus Fashion Council”. The aim of the fashion event was to give new opportunities to people with disabilities and promote their active participation in social and cultural life, as well as to change public opinion about people with disabilities by means of fashion and art.
The fashion show “New opportunities” was implemented within the framework of the project “Art for inclusion of people with disabilities (extension: promoting agenda of people with disabilities)” which is being implemented by NGO “BelAPDIiMI” with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The idea of the project was that young people with disabilities together with the designers of the NGO “Belarus Fashion Council” would create a clothing collection. Young girls with disabilities from different regions of Belarus (Zhodino, Stolbtsy, Minsk and Mozyr) actively participated in every stage of creation of the collection (Spring/Summer 2019). The designed outfits were demonstrated on a catwalk during Belarus Fashion Week hold in the National Exhibition Centre “BelEXPO” on November 8, 2018.
The collection aroused interest in London. Shift London (the online magazine of the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London) kindly asked us to answer a few questions. As a result, an article was published https://www.shiftlondon.org/features/how-eastern-europe-is-embracing-disability-in-fashion/.
Orsha Linen Mill, one of the event sponsors, provided flax and cotton to create our clothing collection. Not all the materials were used, that’s why it was decided to give the remains to 11 primary organizations in the regions and to 2 primary organizations located in Minsk. The materials were used during master classes timed to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Also, the materials were also given to families where children and young people with disabilities live.
You can find more detailed information about the master classes following the links.