Access to Fashion

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Raised by 126 people in 8 months
Access to fashion - An exploration of disability inclusion in the fashion industry.

Almost twenty percent of Australians are disabled, but if you bought a magazine, consumed any media or went retail shopping, you would think that the disabled population was almost non-existent, or only existed in a medical setting. But we are here and are proud, and not surprisingly, we are buying and wearing clothes!

Access to Fashion is an event that endeavours to solve the pervasive issue of disability exclusion in the fashion industry. The event, which will be comprised of a panel discussion and runway show featuring disabled models, will emphasise the need for accessibility and authentic representation, and highlight change makers and activists within the disabled community.

The event will be run by writer, speaker, appearance activist and clothes lover Carly Findlay , with the assistance of disabled and non disabled people.It will be held in Melbourne on 1 September. 

Tickets will be on sale soon.

We will be calling for a diverse range of disabled people to model, as fashion brands, sponsors and crowdfunders.

If you want to be involved, send us an email .


The Access to Fashion show will be run on for the love of it. But love don't pay the bills. We need YOU to crowdfund it - so we can pay people involved in the event. We hope to reach $5000. You can donate here. Thank you!

Your money will go towards paying:

a producer
hair and makeup artists
promotion material

If you want to volunteer your time and services, get in touch .

Your/your company's name will be listed on the promotion material.

Thank you!

Our website will be updated as plans progress. Click here to view it. .
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It’s one more sleep to Access to Fashion! I am so excited!

Thanks for your interest in and support of Access to Fashion. Your generous donations have been put to good use this week - the money has been used to ensure models and the core team are paid, printing, decorations, insurance and stationery. I really appreciate it. Yesterday my Mum and me had a working lunch - writing thank you cards to everyone involved. It’s taken a big team of people to make this happen!

The tickets to the show sold out so fast - but no fear! We will be live streaming it on the day!

Live streaming will happen on YouTube from 3.00 - 5.00 pm AEST on Saturday 1 September.

Here is the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFLgd2Y77W4&feature=youtu.be

Save this link and log on at 3.00 pm AEST Saturday 1 September. You will also be able to watch it at a later date - the video will be there forever.

There will also be lots of posts on social media - see links below. The hashtag is #AccessToFashion.

Enjoy, and thank you again!


Blog: http://carlyfindlay.com.au
Tweet: http://twitter.com/CarlyFindlay
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tune.into.radio.carly
Instagram: www.instagram.com/carlyfindlay
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Many donors have come by because of Savanna Addis. I wanted to write a little about her here.

Beautiful Savanna died last week. Savanna was 17 and a half. I met Savanna briefly when I was in Perth last year - I was taken by her curls and pink sequin hat. She was a star young activist. Life is terribly unfair.

She was due to model in Access to Fashion. We will pay tribute to her on the day. Everyone working on the Access to Fashion event is devastated she won't grace the runway. (Her family has asked people to donate to the event - and we are very thankful and humbled by that request.)

Here's what Savanna said in her entry:

"I believe that fashion has the power to change society's perception of disabled people. Image is very powerful and what we choose to wear has a big impact on how we are perceived. I want disabled people to know that they don't have to be intimidated by fashion and they should feel confident enough within themselves to explore their unique style. I believe that personal style is a huge part of a persons identity. It is an important tool of self expression and can be very empowering. I also believe that fashion and style is a particularly important tool for the disabled community because it is often the second thing people notice about us after our disability. It also has the potential to be a very accessible and inclusive industry.

I hope Access to Fashion helps shine a light on some of the issues surrounding disability and fashion and sparks conversations about disability in the fashion industry.

Having a disability doesn't mean you can't be fashionable and stylish. We can also be glamorous, classy, cute, trendy and sexy! We can be out there setting trends. We have our own culture and subculture. We have so much to bring to the industry, if only people would let us in."

We love you Savanna, and are thinking of your family and friends ❤️

Thank you for your donations in her name.
Carly Findlay and the Access to Fashion team

Image: a young woman wearing a pink sequin hat. The sky is blue and she's smiling.
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Wow! There's a lot to catch you up on these past few weeks. It's been a busy one.

I am happy to tell you that the event has sold out! It's wonderful to see that there is a sustained interest in this topic. We hope to live stream the event on the day.

Model interest has also been huge, with 93 applications. Our selection panel did a great (hard!) job in selecting 25 models to walk the runway, it will be fabulous.

Volunteers have also been great, with a lot of you instead giving your time to help us out. .

We’ve got some wonderful sponsors involved - providing drinks, funds for Access and catering.

The media on this event has been also been buzzing, covering stories of inaccessibility and exclusion by fashion retailers. Take a look:

The group of Australians that retailers pretend don’t exist - news.com.au

Carly Findlay runs Melbourne International Fashion Festival Access to Fashion Event - The Border Mail

Dressed for Change - The Australian Women’s Weekly, August 2018, p. 15 - see attached photo.

While we've reached our goal, I want to stress that every little bit helps; through fundraising and sponsorships, we can pay our models, get designers, make-up, catering, access costs; the works. If you can, please help make this event as wonderful for all our participants as possible!

Thanks to all of you for your help; it's actually happening!

Carly Findlay and the Access to Fashion team.
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I did a little interview for The Sydney Morning Herald / The Age Life and Style about fashion. I talked about how sometimes when I go into a store, I'm ignored or treated differently to other customers. I know it happens to my disabled friends, too.

Access to Fashion was covered too: "When we show representation, we show the world and each other. As much as it’s outward facing, this is for us," Findlay said.

Click to read https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/fashion/fashion-disability-diversity-findlay-ball-hopkins-20180705-p4zpn4.html

Image is a screen shot of the top of the article. The heading reads: 'We’re not treated the same when we go into stores'. The article is by Melissa Singer on 8 July. There are social media sharing buttons below the heading, and a link to leave a comment. Article text reads: "On the issue of diversity, the fashion industry has been talking a big game for years.

And yet, amid all the progress regarding size, gender and ethnicity, disability advocates are often left feeling excluded from the conversation."

Next to the text is a photo of a woman with a red face and short dark curly hair, smiling. Her hands her on her hips. She is wearing a colourful floral dress. The background is blue.
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