Faduma Farah suffered a near fatal attack of meningitis in 2011 which left her partly paralysed at the age of 34. She has self funded a unique collection of adaptive wear for her first London Fashion Week show this weekend.
Since Farah became frustrated with the lack of practical clothing available to wheelchair users, she founded a fellowship for fashion designers to create adaptive-wear.
Faduma’s Fellowship began in April 2021 and aimed to provide a gifted designer he opportunity to create the collection with Farah.
“Everything has changed, from your movement to your body shape – you don’t feel good at all, you feel lost,” said Farah, according to Metro.
“Everything becomes a big hurdle – from travel, to the inability to work, to being housebound – and now you have nothing to wear.”
Farah was paralysed from the neck down, but has since regained control of her neck, upper body, and arm muscles.
“As wheelchair users we have a lot of hurdles in life and dressing up shouldn’t be one of them. I’d like every designer out there to think about the person in the wheelchair – don’t forget about us.”
You can view part of the collection here.
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