A retrospective show Bezgraniz Couture™ was held in Los Angeles on October 2nd. It introduced the guests to 25 prototypes of garments for people moving around in a wheelchair, people with amputation, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. The collection was created by students of Fashion Design. Basic course
programme supervised by curators and founders of the Freshblood project, Anna Chernykh
and Vladimir Tilinin.
The hallmark of the collection REVOLUTIONARIES by Bezgraniz couture ™ is the use of materials with polymeric coating, other modern technologies and innovative design. Members of the Paralympic team, Hollywood stars, prolific figures in art were among the models who walked on the runway. The event featured first bionic British singer Viktoria Modesta and actress Angela Rockwood.
This is not the first time when the students of British Higher School of Art and Design create garments for people with disabilities. Two years ago an educative module WearABLE Future in collaboration with Bezgraniz Couture™ project was included into the curriculum of Fashion design. Basic course programme. The students of this program design around 30 protypes of garments annually.
Using the latest technology, Bezgraniz Couture™ offers modern clothes developed with consideration of the needs of the end customers and customized to match the lifestyle of people with disabilities. Such approach to the creation of garments helps ensure better quality of life for people with disabilities and help them regain self-confidence.
The collection was met with interest not only by the spectators and organizers of Los Angeles Fashion Week, but also impressed the models who already expressed a wish to continue participating in the project.
"We are very happy to be part of the Bezgraniz Couture™ project and are proud to contribute to the change of the way of life and visual aesthetics of people with disabilities. Promotion of innovative solutions, diversity and inclusion in fashion, our partnership with Bezgraniz Couture™ helps fully implement these ideas", said Kim Krempien, fashion director of L.A. Fashion Week.
The series of business events was followed by the first International fashion and design conference for people with disabilities "Design for a new customer, new market". The conference was organized by the city administration of Los Angeles, Bezgraniz Couture™, School of Art & Design Nottingham Trent University (Great Britain) and Global Diversity Leadership Exchange.
The hottest aspects of the fashion industry regarding consumers with disabilities were discussed at the event. The session entitled "What you should know when developing garments for people with disabilities" was opened by a speech by Anna Chernykh and Vladimir Tilinin. According to the curators of the British Higher School of Art & Design, the trip to Los Angeles became a source of inspiration and new ideas not only for WearABLEFuture, but also for other projects of the Fashion design. Basic course programme.