Process and Presence: Fashion Show

Part celebration and part critique, this was not your typical runway show. 2018 Fashion Show Recap Video

DisArt offers a strong alternative to “traditional” fashion shows which too often praise perfection rather than individuality. Our fashion shows aren’t meant to inspire audiences through a parade of Disabled people in fancy clothes. Instead, they are intentionally designed events meant to explore the sometimes awkward but always innovative fusion of disability and style.

The 2016 ELEVATE: A DisArt Fashion Show celebrated disability fashion alongside Disabled identity, innovative design practices, and community building.

The 2018 Process and Presence Fashion Show was a continuation of our effort to help audiences reconfigure their understandings of disability and fashion. Inspirations for the show was pulled from the Process and Presence: Contemporary Disability Sculpture exhibition that occurred simultaneously at Meijer Gardens.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

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Kirstin Overby

Michigan | Model

Wow, Stunning, Blessed, Trendy, Fearless, Knowledgeable

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Allie Cowden

Michigan | Model

Acceptance, Condescension, Abilities, Enrichment, Fun, Unbelievable, Forward Thinking, Real Life, Equality, Devotion Love

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Elliot Keyes

Michigan | Model

Empowered, Noticed, Appreciated, Recognized, Emboldened

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Bri Rose

Michigan | Model

Captivating, Powerful, Exciting, Eye-Opening, Moving, Inclusive, Inspiring

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Jessica Poll

Michigan | Model

Impressed, Honored, Important, Respected

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Kimberly Kennedy

Michigan | Model

Cathartic, Revealing, Awed, Empowered, Teacher, Accepted

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Cassaundra Wolf

Michigan | Model

Empowered, Excited, Encouraged, Glamorous, Energized

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Rynita Shepherd

Michigan | Model

Sexy, Powerful, Beautiful, Confident, Fun, Impactful, Acknowledged, Visible, Unique, Gorgeous, Fabulous, Free, Love, Fashion, Strong, Capable, Accomplished, Excited, Feisty

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Yousif Al Mamoori

Michigan | Model

Experience of a lifetime

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Hope Triezenberg

Michigan | Model

Discovery, Acceptance, Bravery, Organic, Powerful, Celebratory

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Ben Kleyn

Michigan | Model

Honored, Self-Acceptance, Pride, Self-Love, Creativity, Community, Expression, Excited

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Brandon McBain

Michigan | Model

Fun, Exciting, New, Friends, Creative

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Holly Coons

Michigan | Model

Beautiful, Exciting, Family, Anxious, Determined

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Vicky Schmidt

Michigan | Model

Chrysalis, Metamorphosis, Butterfly, Here, Confidence, Beautiful, Friendship, Unknown, Awareness, Enlightened, Empathy, Armor

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Aliyah Burrell

Michigan | Model

Proud, Exciting, Cool, Friends, Accepted

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