What We Do

Styleability uses fashion as a powerful means to achieve improved confidence, increased independence and life-long skills, reduced social isolation and improved inclusivity.

It gives young disabled adults, aged 16 to 25 year olds the unique opportunity to work with a fashion stylist and seamstress in their school. The programme involves:

  • A professional fashion stylist/seamstress working with the young people to create style boards to express their fashion tastes and supporting their exploration of the latest ‘on-trend’ items and providing ideas on how to adapt clothing to suit their needs. For example, if a young person has poor motor skills, learning how to adapt clothing to use Velcro rather than buttons means they’ll able to dress themselves.
  • Participants take part in a styling session to try out ‘latest looks’ and then also take part in a photo-shoot.
  • Each session is uniquely tailored for the young people taking part. For example, we have held sessions focused on designing fashionable bags and pockets to provide cover for feeding tubes and to enable easier and more discreet access to necessary medical equipment (such as colostomy bags). This provided a fun and practical way to maintain people’s privacy and reduce the social shunning and disapproval which often results from people being able to see this equipment.
  • In addition to our workshops, we are pioneering societal change through working with retailers to get them to think differently about the shopping experience for young people with disabilities – from the clothes themselves to accessible shopping environments – looking at both physical and mental needs.

    We are also passionate about volunteering and promote volunteering opportunities for all areas of the project, from assistant stylists, photographers, bloggers to helping with evaluation and monitoring. We are particularly focused on developing volunteering relationships with universities and colleges which deliver fashion courses.

    Disability is underrepresented in fashion so by involving those who aspire to go on and work in the industry, we’re encouraging the next generation of fashion designers to open up the fashion world to young people with disabilities.

OUR SUPPORTERS

Eclectic
Eagle One
Emery Gate
IM
The Funding Network
WorldWork