Accessible fashion show: Montreal students create models


Students at Mackay Center School in Montreal strike a pose that will never go out of style.

School service students who are deaf, physically handicapped and/or have a communication disability created their own outfits as part of an accessible fashion show.

“My outfit was a tree. It represents peace so there’s no litter or pollution,” Micaiah Wiseman explained to CTV National News’ Vanessa Lee. Wiseman suffers from spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy.

“You know, it’s just that you want to be who you are, you want to be yourself, to be happy.”

Renowned Canadian designer Simon Chang guided the students as they chose everything from paints to fabrics, challenging them to be different.

“We have to change the world. Today everything is the same. Everyone wants to copy everyone else. I said you don’t want to be like the others. Be something you are proud of and believe in your own belief,” Chang said.

Bella Flanz, a 5th year reverse integration student, came up with the idea. She wanted everyone in her school to be able to show off her flair for fashion.

“In life, I’ve found that if you’re not like a certain type of person, you’re usually left out, and I feel like it’s really important that everyone is included in everything” , said Flanz.


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