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:
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.