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Articles and Blogs

Online Articles

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Visually impaired student unveils incredible braille-inspired collection at Graduate Fashion Week. Irish Examiner. June 9, 2016.

Artist aims for radical visibility with new clothing line for queer people with disabilities. Medill News Service. Rebecca Frumkin. February 24, 2016.

Up the Disabled Punx. Broken Pencil. Sidney Drmay. Feb. 17, 2016.

Fashion has to do much more if it is serious about catwalk diversity. The Guardian. Hannah Marriott. August 29, 2015.

Paralyzed designer creates jeans for people in wheelchairs. Digital Journal. Caroline Leopold. August 21, 2015.

Nike’s Latest Shoe Is for People With Disabilities. The Mighty. Rachel Kassenbrock. July 13, 2015.

Wheelchair Fashions By Student Lucy Jones To Go On Show In Saks Fifth Avenue. The Huffington Post UK. Eve Hartley. June 16, 2015.

What Frida wore: the artist's wardrobe locked up for 50 years - in pictures. The Guardian. May 5, 2015.

In pursuit of patient satisfaction, hospitals update the hated hospital gown. Kaiser Health News. Shefali Luthra. March 31, 2015.

Disabled models boldly storm the runway in wheelchairs at New York Fashion Week. US Weekly. Candace Amos. February 17, 2015.

#DressingWhileDisabled. CP Shoes. Julia Bascom. February 22, 2015.

Diversity in fashion: where are we now?. Vice. Charlotte Gush. February 27, 2015.

When you have to cut your dress off, function trumps style. The Christian Science Monitor. Bryan Cronan. November 16, 2014.

Can Disability ever be fashionable? Dancing Giraffe. Catherine Ridge. May 2, 2014.

Fashion industry is letting down people with disabilities - to its cost The Guardian. Tansy Hoskins. April 2, 2014.

Fashioning a diverse world. Disability Now. Mike Shamash. 2012.

Designing for Bespoke solutions. Disability Now. Mike Shamash. 2011.

"New Orthopaedic Boots and Incontinence Panties"Presentation to the Disability Studies Conference at Lancaster University. Michael Shamash. 2004.

Toronto exhibit highlights fashion for people using wheelchairs. CTV News. Lauren La Rose. June 22, 2014.

Inspiring, disabled model Jillian Mercado joins Nordstrom’s summer catalog. Fox News Latino. July 16, 2014.

Breaking down barriers: Russian designers present catwalk collections on disabled models at Moscow Fashion Week. The Daily Mail Online. Katy Winter. March 31, 2014.

Toronto Fashion Week: A couture twist to prosthetic design. Toronto Star. March 18, 2014.

Abelism in the Fashion Industry. The Style Con. Cat Smith. March 13, 2014.

Normcore is bullsh*t. The Style Con. Cat Smith. March 3, 2014.

Model Danielle Sheypuk: ‘People with disabilities are consumers of fashion’. The Guardian. Ruth Spencer. Friday, February 14, 2014.

Disabled shoppers deterred by difficult high street experience. The Guardian. Rebecca Smithers. January 14, 2014.

Fashion blogger Jillian Mercado stars in edgy Diesel ads, wheelchair and all (photos). The Huffington Post. Rebecca Adams. January 25, 2014.

Being Fashion-able: Controversy around Disabled Models. Process Arts. January 13, 2012.
Olga Vainshtein’s full presentation.

Kelly Knox, disabled top model without a forearm, determined to change the fashion industry norms. Bustle. December 2, 2013.
And: ‘Fashion has a long way to go’: Disabled top model born without forearm is determined to make changes in the industry. Daily Mail Online. December 1, 2013.

Look out catwalk. Here we come! Disability Now. Mik Scarlet. October 5, 2012.

Tales from the crip: This is what disability looks like. Bitch Magazine [online edition]. October 2, 2012.

High street in your home. Disability Now. Mik Scarlet. September 30, 2012.

Disability on display. The Times. Sophie Morgan. September 5, 2012.

That’s it, I’m cutting off a leg: Designer prosthetics. Geekologie. June 18, 2012.

Xeni Collection: A fashion label for people with physical disabilities. Ecouterre. March 27, 2012.

The secret asylum knitting club. BBC News Ouch! Emma Tracey. May 10, 2013.

Physically challenged and fashionable. CNN Living. Kat Kinsman. August 6, 2012.

Mentally ill and their supporters rally during Mad Pride. The Toronto Star. Jacques Gallant. July 11, 2012.

The fashion label for people, not disabilities. The Telegraph. Max Pemberton. March 12, 2012.

Sexy. Disabled. Clever. Mamma Mia. Nicky Champ. June 6, 2011.

Designer [Izzy Camilleri] opens boutique for ‘seated’ men and women. The Toronto Star. Rita Zekas. May 27, 2011.
Izzy Camilleri’s adaptive clothing line.

What I learned from a year in my yoga pants. The Globe and Mail. Cathy Crowe. January 23, 2011.

Super-flexible prosthetic leg shows women’s personal style. Gajitz. October, 2010.

Disability Bitch hates shoes. BBC’s Ouch! September 16, 2009.

[Audio] The Clothes Clinic. BBC’s Ouch! September 1, 2009. Transcript also available.

The Quest for Fabulous Wheelchair Fashion. Quest. Donna G. Albrecht. April 1, 2009.

Adaptive Clothing. Disabled World. January 13, 2009.

Can a disabled model make it in fashion?. BBC News. July 1, 2008.

13 Questions: Louisa Somerfield (of WheelieChix-Chic). BBC’s Ouch! July 24, 2008.

Clothes Encounter of the Personal Kind. BBC’s Ouch! Emma Bowler. April 7, 2008.

Disability Bitch vs. disease-control clothing. BBC’s Ouch! March 3, 2007.

The spasticated elasticated 1980s. BBC’s Ouch! Liz Carr. September 18, 2006.

Design for Life: The Winner. BBC’s Ouch! Ian Cook. May 15, 2003.

Politics, Poetry & Performance: Trinidad’s disabled women organize & educate. Disability World. Laura Hershey. Issue #8, 2001.

Show us yer legs. BBC’s Ouch! Tim Rushby-Smith.

Physical disability can negatively affect a woman’s body image, especially in a society that places value on a youthful physical appearance. Centre for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD).

Blog Posts

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Universal Design Style. Stylish Products: Fashion and Accessories.

Depression Part Two. Hyperbole and a Half. May, 2013.
Adventures in Depression. October 27, 2011.

The Costs of Conforming. The Shameless Blog. Shoshana Erlich. December 31, 2012.

To the Guy at Yonge and Dundas. The shameless blog. Shoshana Erlich. August 15, 2012.

Debbie van der Putten: a disabled model and proud of it. Disability Horizons. July 2, 2012.
See also: Debbie Van Der Putten’s portfolio.

i-Sustain: Paralympians part of LCF and i-D collaboration. University of the Arts, London. December 9, 2011.

Making the Extraordinary Ordinary. Bodies in American Culture. Lauren Ryan. November 16, 2011.

Stitched Words: Agnes Richter and Rosalind Wyatt. Annekata. March 2, 2011.

Spinning Class. Trend I-Spy, A Hall Five Trend Forum Blog. March 4, 2010.

Pristiq Wind-up Doll Goes to the Beach. Practice of Madness. Scarsarestories. September 18, 2011.

Sensory Processing Disorder and Layering for Cold Weather. Blogher. Aspieteacher. February 16, 2010.

Lady Gaga and the wheelchair. Wheelchair Dancer. September 16, 2009.

Wheelchair Dancer. Various blog posts about shoes.

"Disabled" and "frumpy" are not synonyms. Blogher. Susan Wagner. March 6, 2007.

The Spoon Theory. Christine Miserandino.
Also described: Explaining low stamina levels – with spoons. BBC News Ouch! June 20, 2013.

Blogs, Comics and Web Zines

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Blythe Does Fashion-y Stuff.

Stylishly Impaired. Well-equipped Crips: disability, pop culture, fashion, technology.

Everyday Imaginary.

Asylum Squad. Blog and Mad Pride comic by Sarafin:

DitzAbled Princess. Disability Comic.
About DitzAbled Princess. Disability Horizons. March 25, 2013.

The Disability Fashion Project.

The Lame Dame.

Left Hand Style and Abled Body. Articles by Stephanie Thomas.

Manufactured 1987. Jillian Mercado.

Visibility: showcasing disabled fashion contributors.

Notes from the Devil Dollhaus.
An interview with the creator, Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz.

Dare to be free.
Information on how this zine came to be.

Literature and poetry

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A compiled list of creative works and literature by and about women with disabilities from the Centre on Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies at Syracuse University.

Prose-Poem: Ramblings on a relationship link 1 and link 2. 1000 Voices. Ingrid Hindell. September 29, 2011.

Images of Ourselves: Women with disabilities talking. 1981. Edited by Jo Campling. Pages 82-106.

No River to Cross. Vic Finkelstein. Published in the New Internationalist. 1992.