Models in wheelchairs take the runway at Fashion Week

30 March 2017
By Fashion Quarterly

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 23, 2017: Models showcase creations during a catwalk show for the NP Open World collection at the Moscow Fashion Week, at the Gostiny Dvor Shopping and Exhibition Centre. Open World is a non-profit partnership helping integrate people with disabilities. Vyacheslav Prokofyev/TASS (Photo by Vyacheslav ProkofyevTASS via Getty Images)

Inclusivity FTW

Models striding down a runway might be the usual way of most fashion shows, but as designers showing at Moscow Fashion week proved, there’s more than one way to kill it on the catwalk.

The collection featured models in wheelchairs alongside models without disabilities and the show itself was hosted by Open World, a non-profit partnership that strives to provide more opportunities for people with disabilities

ADVERTISEMENT — ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW
ADVERTISEMENT — ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW

The models in wheelchairs wore a range of looks from velvet cocktail dresses through to skin-tight leather pants – with each working great angles as they posed at the end of the catwalk.

wheelchairs models Moscow Fashion Week

While its not the first time designers have included models in wheelchairs – it’s been done once before at New York Fashion Week – it would seem Russia is at the forefront of championing greater inclusivity.

In 2014, a Russian show for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week called ‘Fashion Without Borders’ broke new ground showing models of different abilities.

Bezgraniz Couture – a designer label from Russia also included models in wheelchairs during its Spring/Summer 2017 collection.

We reckon the more diversity, the better!

Photos: Getty Images

Subscribe & Become an FQ VIP

As a Fashion Quarterly subscriber you enjoy exclusive content, giveaways, invitations to VIP events, and more.

Subscribe & Become an FQ VIP

As a Fashion Quarterly subscriber you enjoy exclusive content, giveaways, invitations to VIP events, and more.

Sign up to the FQ newsletter and WIN*

Get the latest fashion, beauty, and lifestyle news delivered straight to your inbox each week.

*Ts&Cs apply.

Find out more at fq.co.nz/fq-newsletter