Someone on Twitter was talking about having some mannequins sitting down in fashion shops to help people in wheelchairs see how clothing would look while in a sitting position.
I personally love this idea and feel it would be a massive leap forward in the fashion industry. I have bought too many bits of clothing and found them to look completely different in a sitting position as they do in a standing position. There are many factors a wheelchair user has to take into account when purchasing clothing:
- Trousers – How high do they come up the back, are they hipsters? Are they buttoned/zipped/elastic waist – Some of us can only wear elasticated waist.
- Skirts – Will the hem hang too far down and catch on my wheels?
- Sleeves – Are they going to get destroyed by my wheels too quickly?
So, to be able to answer these questions before purchasing an item of clothing, taking it home to try it on (as not all of us are capable of using the changing rooms) then find it’s no good and have to make another trip back to the shop to return said item, would be a massive achievement!!
Yes, obviously there are some mannequins that are sitting down but, is there enough? I don’t think there is. We need these to be commonplace, like the wheelchair.
Don’t you agree??