"I am a congenital amputee missing digits on my right hand and feet, and I've followed clothing and retail trends for people with disabilities for 25 years. As a social entrepreneur specializing in dressing with disabilities, I use my Disability Fashion Styling System™ (DFSS) to empower others with disabilities to dress with as much choice, dignity, and self reliance as possible."
cur8able founder & editor| Social Entrepreneur
Stephanie wanted a place to go online that was all about dressing with disabilities. Since she couldn't find one, she created Cur8able.com. Guided by her personal experiences and her Disability Fashion Styling System™ she curates brands, footwear, and accessories. She also shares her favorite style hacks and news you should know about adaptive fashion. In her audio journal, she reflects on her work as well as topics affecting this sector of the fashion industry.
I am a social entrepreneur specializing in Disability Fashion Styling. Cur8able Media is a Disability Fashion Lifestyle brand involved in consulting, digital media, content licensing, and styling.
As a Disability Fashion Stylist. It gives me an opportunity to use fashion as a tool to empower other people with disabilities to shop and dress with confidence. Expressing yourself with clothing is natural, even if you don't see yourself as someone who loves fashion. You should still have the option of dressing with dignity and self reliance. The fashion industry is changing, we are seeing more brands acknowledge fashion customers with disabilities everyday. And right now, the fashion industry is having, what I like to refer to as its, "napster moment". Napster was disruptive technology in the music industry. Prior to Napster, the idea of peer to peer audio sharing was not a threat to the music industry. Napster was taken to court and lost the court case against him, but the industry was changed forever. Today, Burberry and Tommy Hilfiger's commitment to break away from the current fashion calendar with Fashion Immediacy or "See Now, Buy", is disruptive technology within the fashion industry. According to Business of Fashion, Fashion Immediacy means designers will:
- Present two seasonless fashion shows a year
- Show men's and women's collections together
- Make clothing shown on the runway available within weeks
Why does this matter? This is a huge break from the current fashion calendar, it rejects new Pantone colors each season, and it directly affects advertising norms within glossies or fashion magazines. What does this have to do with shopping and dressing with disabilities? Everything!! When an industry goes through massive shifts and changes; it opens the door for new opportunities and new customers. I am totally convinced that Hilfiger's partnership with Runway of Dreams will have an impact on the industry overtime. More and more brands will begin to address the needs of fashion customers with disabilities, by using Universal Design, which has been used for decades in designing homes, furnishings and more. This shift will take time. Which is why in 2004 I developed the Disability Fashion Styling System, which acts as a bridge between where the fashion industry is and where it's going.