Words: Emma Roberts
Image: Tommy Hilfiger
For Spring 2018, Tommy Hilfiger shows the Fashion industry how inclusivity should be done with a capsule collection of adaptive clothing that caters to men, women and children with physical disabilities. Sadly, 20% of Americans have a disability yet brands do very little to cater for people who have difficulties dressing around their disabilities.
Two years ago Tommy Hilfiger teamed up with Runway of Dreams, establishing a children’s collection making clothing more accessible to children with disabilities. Now the collection has expanded to adults as well, offering solutions to everyday problems which most of us take for granted like zipping up trousers and buttoning up shirts.
Demonstrating innovation in inclusive fashion design, the collection features magnetic buttons, adjustable hems and velcro closures. This makes it easier for people to get dressed and to fit sleeves and trouser legs around prosthetics.
The campaign features Paralympic gold medallist Jeremy Campbell, who wears magnetic close jeans that adjust to fit over his prosthesis. Clothing and imagery like this is incredibly powerful and gives people with disabilities a long overdue chance to feel included in fashion. Hopefully we will see other mainstream brands follow suit and offer products to suit all.