The industry is becoming more inclusive of disabled models and adaptive clothing, but attending shows can still be a challenge, as Niamh Ní Hoireabhaird discovered
Last Friday, I found myself sitting front row at the Bora Aksu Autumn/Winter 2019 show at London Fashion Week. It was the first show I had ever attended, so I didn’t know what to expect. Where should I sit? Should I leave my wheelchair around the corner, out of sight? Apparently, the front row was the only area in which my wheelchair could fit. I call things like this “wheelchair perks”.
Unfortunately, not all the shows I attended went so smoothly. At a couple, the accessible seating area was cut down to make more room for reserved seats for friends and family. Due to oversubscription, the Pam Hogg show wasn’t able to squeeze me in, despite my invite. The PR team apologised and offered to send me photos after the show.