Derek Lam Runway Show Features Models With Cerebral Palsy

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In the fashion industry when it comes to diversity, models with disabilities are often under represented. But a few designers appear to notice the criticism regarding the importance of celebrating diversity and provide a platform for models regardless of racial identities, gender and body type and one such designer is Derek Lam.

Derek fashion show

As part of a runway show at Industria Studios, American fashion designer Derek Lam teamed up with cerebral palsy foundation to unveil his designs on models with cerebral palsy. The designer worked with students from Parsons School Of Design, Pratt Institute, and the Fashion Institute of Technology to create outfits for 18 models with cerebral palsy, which were both stylish and functional. Models walked the runway in clothes designed for evening wear, athleisure and streetwear. According to nymag.com’s ‘The Cut’, when Derek Lam was asked about the designs he said, “I travel around the U.S. and the world, meeting the clients, sometimes in the dressing rooms, and I felt I was in that same situation with the Design for Disabilities cast, I would love to see these collections that we’re going to show tonight be available in the marketplace. These clothes look terrific for everybody. It’s just a universal conversation about great design”.

 -Akhila Kakarala
Pic courtesy: Derek Lam Twitter