Runway of Dreams is at the forefront of a revolution that’s starting to happen, that will happen and change the way we look at disability in this country in a really positive way.
Runway of Dreams is tapping on a whole new demographic like no other fashion brands has ever done before. Inspired by the lack of adaptive clothing in mainstream retail stores, Mindy Scheier, founded the Runway of Dreams in 2013.
It all started when Mindy’s middle son, Oliver, diagnosed with a rare case of muscular dystrophy, told her he wanted to wear jeans to school like his friends did.
You see, muscular dystrophy causes the “progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass.” It weakens locomotion like walking and moving and some eventually completely lose the ability to walk. “There is no cure but medications and therapy can help slow the course of the disease.”
Mindy had to make a choice. Would she let Oliver wear jeans even though he wouldn’t be able to go to the bathroom on his own, or does she tell him that he simply can’t wear what other kids wore?
Mindy started Runway of Dreams because she didn’t want others to make a decision like that.
All Oliver wanted was to be like the other kids.
The type of clothing we wear seems like a small mundane thing for some, but for children like Oliver, being able to wear what others wore, means the world.
It symbolized freedom.
It symbolized acceptance.
As of today, Runway of Dreams is a non-profit organization that partners with different fashion brands and retailers to “adapt mainstream clothing for the differently-abled community.”
While there are existing options for adaptive clothing, Mindy says that most are “very medicinal, very purposeful.”
After several months of research, Mindy modified clothing, “making it adaptive and wearable for all.”
Once all the research and production were set, partnering with retailers and fashion designers was the next step. This is where Tommy Hilfiger stepped in.
Personally, I think this is a beautiful and revolutionary trend in the fashion industry.
Its decision to focus on what the people really need instead of manufacturing needs is a big step towards something great.
I think it’s truly inspiring to know that there are people like Mindy who dream of making the world a better place for every single person.
Want to learn more about the Runway of Dreams?
Here is their official video:
Here is a video of their successful fashion show held last June 2016.
Check out their official website to learn more about this inspiring brand: http://runwayofdreams.org/
Have a happy day, beautiful people!
See you tomorrow for #Wellness Wednesday, featuring inspiring stories of people traveling their fitness journey!
Your Inspiration Curator,
p.s. Here are some pictures from the Runway of Dreams.