Local disabled young people got a crash course in the latest fashions and how to adapt clothing to suit their needs this week at a special ‘Styleability’ session held at Exeter House School Vocational Centre (EHSVC) in Salisbury.
The session, which was sponsored by Wilton Shopping Village, was attended by students from EHSVC, the post 16 department at Exeter House School, a mixed special school that educates children with severe, profound and multiple learning disabilities.
With the help of a professional stylist, those taking part in the session learned how to make simple adjustments to the latest on-trend clothing – such as replacing fiddly buttons with velcro so those with fine motor skill difficulties can dress themselves. They also had the opportunity to explore what sorts of styles of clothing would make them feel good about themselves, and how they can use fashion to boost their confidence.
Claire Ellard, Centre Manager at Wilton Shopping Village said: “This is such a worthwhile project. Students left not only with a better understanding of the sort of clothing that makes them feel good, but also with an understanding of how clothes can be adapted to suit their particular needs. This isn’t just about clothing, it helps with everything from self-esteem to social inclusion, so we’re delighted that we could support Styleability in making this particular session happen.”
Styleability is a unique fashion project helping to make fashion accessible to young disabled adults – providing practical guidance on how to adapt clothing to their needs helping to inspire body confidence and self-esteem. It responds to the frustrations and challenges experienced by young disabled adults who find it almost impossible to find comfortable clothes that suit their style, bodies and needs, impacting on both their ability to lead an independent life but also an increased risk of bullying and social exclusion.