It's no secret that the fashion industry has received plenty of flack for their lack of inclusiveness throughout history. Whether it's on runways, in magazines, or as the face of campaigns, the diversity in size, gender identities, ages, and level of ability is minimal. However, over the course of the last few months, we've seen brands and designers take promising strides to close this gap, and one runway in Moscow Fashion Week continued that trend.
Open World, a nonprofit partnership that focuses on providing opportunities to people with disabilities, staged their own show on Thursday, with a runway that included gorgeous models of all different ages in wheelchairs. Cocktail dresses, evening gowns, fancy headpieces, and billowy jackets were all seen gracing the catwalk, affirming to the world that there's no one kind of model that belongs in Fashion Week.
A model in a wheelchair showcases a creation during the catwalk show for the NP Open World collection at Moscow Fashion Week, Russia on March 23rd 2017. Open World is a non-profit partnership promoting integration for people with disabilities. Credit: Getty Images/Vyacheslav Prokofyev #fashion #inclusivefashion #catwalk #MoscowFashionWeek #OpenWorld
This isn't the first time the fashion community has included models with disabilities, though. Yahoo! Style reported models in wheelchairs during Bezgraniz Couture's MFW show in 2016 in addition to the 2014 show Fashion Without Borders that gave opportunities to models with physical disabilities.
Анна Денисова @kolu4ka13 девушка - огонь!!! Я влюбилась в эту яркую, восхитительную звездочку!!! После близкого общения мое восхищение этой девушкой только усилилось! Ее заразительный смех захватывал всех вокруг. Мое предположение, что будущее Анны это политика, защита прав человека. С такой целеустремлённостью и темпераментом можно стать президентом ;) проект #openworld модельер @tatyanamalchikova, фото Игоря Стражина @strajin, Официальный визажист Полина Николаевская @polinika_art, Организатор Оксана Заикина @oksanazaikina #steptoperfection #fashion#russian_designers#moscowfashionweek #красотавнестереотипов #steptoperfection #ялюблюсвоюработу #russiangirl #mfw2017 #vicinoamore#русскиймодельер #неделямоды
We truly hope that steps like this continue to be made in the fashion industry. A recent article by the Fashion Spot reported that the fall 2017 season was the most racially diverse ever—particularly in New York. So while things are moving in the right direction, there is still much to be done. Here's to hoping this kind of diversity and inclusiveness from MFW one day becomes the norm.