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Inclusive Fashion Show: About the Designers

Thank you to our sponsors: Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles, Sharpe Suiting, Dapper Boi, Neil Flowers, gc2b, The Bookie, and Disabled Students and Allies Club

  • AMDT Student Designers

    AMDT 409 Designers

    Ciara MacDonald and Colby Van Dyk

    "Our look is an accessible look specifically designed for wheelchair users. Both garments are made to be easily put on as they can be completely opened along the entire front. The shirt is oversized to allow more comfort and prevent the material from rubbing against the wearer’s torso when pushing their chair. It is also cropped so it does not bunch up while sitting. The sleeves are detachable to allow changing the sleeve style for aesthetic as well as functional reasons, as long sleeves can get dirty when they rub against the wheels. The dress uses snaps which are easy to use even with limited mobility. It also features a high-low hemline to provide leg coverage when sitting. Being sleeveless also allows for minimal restriction around the shoulders. Flat seams also decrease the likelihood of chafing. Elastic in the waistband allows for ease of movement and accentuates the waist. In our design process, we focused on understanding wheelchair users’ needs and incorporating garment elements to address issues related to comfort and accessibility."

    Grace Skelton, Sydney M Jensen, and Stone Duran

    "For our look, we chose to focus on accessibility with gender-fluid features. Our crewneck and pants were designed for wheelchair bound individuals that have the need for garments that are comfortable, free from any pressure point stressors, and easy to put on. The garments could also be beneficial to those having arthritis and other circumstances inhibiting mobility, as both have Velcro for easy closures and larger openings that simplify dressing. The red crewneck was upcycled. We thought to take a basic comfort clothing article almost everyone has and make it user friendly to all. We cropped the length to prevent bunching of the excess fabric when sitting and modified the shoulder seams to widen the neck opening for easier dressing. This item has not been assigned to any gender, it’s simply a basic for whomever wishes to wear it. The pants were specifically designed in an asymmetrical wrap style with a drop crotch for comfort, a wider waistline for easier dressing, and no cumbersome closures. The pants rise higher in the back to prevent slippage while seated in a wheelchair and have no pockets or seams that could cause discomfort after prolonged sitting."

    Isaac Silva and Ron Cohen

    "Our look consists of a semi-formal brown jacket that is made for both accessible and gender-neutral consumers. The jacket features easier loop closures for those who would have trouble with traditional buttons. The color scheme is minimal and sleek."

    Amiah Brooks and Keyondra White

    "For our look we wanted to do a hip street style that embodied a sporty vibe as well. The look we created is a matching set that shows gender fluidity in fashion. Everyone can wear this and look amazing. This set also showcases accessible fashion. The shape of the top, the wider armholes and neckline ensure comfort and allow for ease of movement and donning. The shorts have Velcro closure on the sides for accessibility and an elastic waistband to make getting dressed easier. We used a spandex blend stretchy fabric and decided to use the solid side to create a half and half design on the short. Cross body bag, a hat and high socks complete the look."

    Luis Gomez

    "I chose to design a gender fluid look because it is important to make everyone feel included, and anybody should have the choice to wear what feels right to them. I made a crop top shirt and a pair of shorts that use neutral and both masculine and feminine colors."

    Mercedes Pinnell and Joseline Davila

    "For our look we focused on being accessible and fashionable in the workplace or for a special event. Although the garments could be worn by everyone, the focus were individuals using a wheelchair. To create our look, we repurposed a men’s suit jacket and pants. The jacket was shortened in the back for less bulk and more comfort while sitting in wheelchair. The front hem was angled for a styling element. The seams of the sleeves were opened and the back sleeve panels were removed, making the sleeves lay over the arms for ease of dressing and stylish look. Elastic pull strings were added to the sleeve panels to allow length adjustment for preventing them from getting caught in the wheels. For the pants, the side seams were opened up and trims with snaps were added, making it easier and faster to put on, even while sitting in the wheelchair. Both garments were made with the purpose of making one’s life easier when in a wheelchair."

    Gene Brown and Kassy Edeza-Rodriguez

    "The concept for this piece is “Masculine Romance.” When designing this piece, we thought of traditional ideas of gender and romance. The message we wish to convey is that true love knows no bounds including those inherent in gender roles. The way we decided to convey this message is with a garment that incorporates masculine and feminine elements. The top expresses the traditional rigidity of a male figure through a structured, fit collar. Feminine elements were incorporated by using lightweight and flowy fabric for the lower garment and sleeves, creative neckline cut, and flower embellishments. Jewelry, traditionally a more feminine part of dress, was created in a shape of a necktie, thus overcoming the masculine-feminine divide. This garment is comprised of three separate pieces, all reclaimed to create our vision. We have also utilized laser cutting technology as well as low tech cutting and burning to seal the edges of the various flowers. The effect being a gender fluid and accessible ensemble for any human, however they may identify. Our hope is to celebrate and incorporate differing identities to work towards a future where everyone can feel comfortable and confident when walking down the street."

  • Dapper Boi

    Logo for company with simple text reading, "Dapper Boi"

    Dapper Boi

    Dapper Boi is a gender-neutral and size-inclusive apparel line founded in 2015 by married couple, Vicky and Charisse Pasche. They’re partners in business and in life and still somehow able to raise twin preschoolers without going (completely) grey.

    Why Did We Start Dapper Boi? Simple. Vicky was tired of shopping in the men’s section for clothes that just didn’t adhere to her body’s shape. She was tired of the getting sideways looks in both the men’s and women’s section. After a search for gender-neutral, size-inclusive clothing proved fruitless, Vicky and Charisse decided to do something about it. Dapper Boi was born.

  • gc2b

    Pink and blue circle with text of logo reading, "gc2b"

    gc2b

    Founded in 2015, gc2b is a trans-owned company based in Maryland. gc2b's founder, CEO, and designer, Marli Washington, saw that the only binding options were uncomfortable and inadequate compression shirts designed for cis men. As a University of the Arts Industrial Design graduate, he used his experience in product design and his background in textiles to provide accessible, comfortable, and safe binding options designed by trans people, for trans people. gc2b binders were the first garments designed and patented specifically for gender-affirming chest binding.

    Learn more about gc2b values and our philanthropic program at 2b.care

  • Rain Dove

    Rain Dove

    Rain Dove is the androgynous/agender model who has been in W, Vogue, Buzzfeed, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmo, Harper's Bazaar, Mashable, People and many more. They have created several viral campaigns including a lingerie shoot challenging Victoria Secrets’ Beauty standards which reached over 35 countries. They are known not just as a pretty face, but also as a humanitarian. Their recent video combatting HB2 has garnered millions of views discovered a previously unexposed illegality to the bill.

  • SharpeHaus

    Logo for Sharpe Suiting with large text reading, "Sharpe: We Fit You"

    Sharpe Suiting

    Founder & CEO of SharpeHaus, Leon Elias Wu started designing suits for the LGBTQ+ community on his living room couch. Today, Good Morning America says he’s "making LGBTQ History" and calls him a "huge staple within both the LGBTQ+ community and the fashion industry”. Fashionista magazine calls his company, SharpeHaus, the "destination for the queer community."

    Leon’s classic designs with a personalized touch exhibit a modern aesthetic featured everywhere from the Oscars to the Emmys to the Cannes Film Festival. His company is filling a valuable niche within the fashion world for members of queer, POC, and marginalized communities who deserve to be seen and celebrated.

    Beyond his artistic presence on the red carpet, Leon is a force for good with his message, his charitable work, and his powerful activism. It’s easy to see why Nikki Blonsky says, “Leon has the determination and strength to change the fashion world.” Having been named one of USA Today’s Top 10 Designers, Leon Wu is a prolific media personality, appearing in outlets like Forbes, Fashionista, Refinery 29, and the Wall Street Journal … just to name a few.

    Gender-Inclusive Uniform Exhibit

    This fall, Sharpe designed and produced gender-inclusive uniforms for nearly 150 students at the USC Thornton School of Music. This exhibit shows four designs Sharpe collaborated over the summer with the USC choir directors. Design A is a traditional suit with trousers. Design B (Non-binary Option 1), Design C (Non-binary Option 2), Design D (traditional gown). Sharpe's mission is to work with other academic institutions across the country to design and provide more gender-inclusive uniform options for students