Recently I was invited to view the Fashion Designer’s and Craft maker’s, Birmingham Collections Showcase for Angelmans Syndrome; which was hosted in Canalside, in The Cube.
I actually attended the event alone which made me incredibly nervous but also somewhat empowered. It felt good to get out and do something for myself, especially given the poor mental health days I’ve been having recently. Shortly after arriving I ended up talking to Nati, Nici, and also Chrissie.
Unfortunately, on arrival there did seem to be some confusion, as the Catwalk was expected to start at 2pm but did not actually start until past 3pm. Fortunately we had each other for company! I believe there was an issue as some of the designers did not turn up. Once the presentation had started, we were first introduced to Donna Rachel Edmunds from Kitted Clothing, who has a daughter with Angelman syndrome. Angelman syndrome is a genetic disorder which is characterised by symptoms including delayed development, intellectual disability in addition to speech and balance impairments. She was discussing the issues with finding clothing appropriate for children with disabilities; and this is where Kitted Clothing comes in. Kitted Clothing is a brand tailored to providing fun, exciting and fashionable clothes which are also suited towards children with special needs; including those who may use wheelchairs, and those with autism. Donna currently has a GoFundMe
page to fundraise the start of her business, which I think is a fantastic cause.
After this, we were given a quarter of a glass of wine/orange juice, and then we then watched three designers who presented their designs. I would loved to have been able to publish more photos than these but unfortunately the lighting in the room made it very difficult to be able to do this! We were shown work from Cassandra Townsend, Beth Hilton and Nazira Muslem. I have to say the work of all three of them was absolutely incredible, it is evident that all of the individuals who showed their work are very creative and passionate. Bethany Hilton won the FDC Emerging Designer Award which is also an incredible achievement – I really hope that we get to see more of her high fashion pieces in the world some day!
Unfortunately it does seem like there were some errors with organisation during the event and it was not what I’d usually expect from a blogger experience at all. But, nevertheless, I really cannot fault the quality of the designers work as there were some incredible pieces shown, and I wish I had the creativity to be able to come up with them myself. There is evidently a lot of work that has gone into their pieces and it was great to be able to watch them all and I hope that Kitted Clothing are able to raise the required money to start trading.