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Breaking down barriers: Russian designers present catwalk collections on disabled models at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Fashion without borders
The fashion industry is often criticised for portraying a singular, narrow image of beauty.
While recent years have seen a sizeable shift, with the inclusion of more plus-sized and ethnic models by top fashion houses, those with physical disabilities have largely been neglected when it comes to style.
But on Sunday designers in Russia set out to challenge conventional catwalk displays, presenting collections of clothes made specifically for those with physical disabilities.
The Fashion Without Borders show at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia involved dozens of models with various physical disabilities, who took to the runway to show off clothing designed especially for them.
Designers Daria Razumihina, Sabina Gorelik, Dmitriy Neu, Masha Sharoeva, Albina Bikbulatova, Oksana Livencova, Miguel Angelo Fernandes Carvalho and Christine Wolf presented a couture collection for people with physical disabilities and achondroplasia.
The initiative, called 'Models without borders' is aimed at increasing awareness of disability in the fashion industry and is part of a four-day fashion event in Moscow that features over 30 designers.
Ambassador for disabled models Chelsey Hay told the MailOnline: 'At Models Of Diversity we strive for disabled models to be embraced and not excluded in fashion, this show in Russia has done exactly that.
'It is amazing to see another country follow suit after the use of disabled model Danielle Sheybuk in New York Fashion Week back in February.
'Of course we don't want this to be a one off, lets see permanent disabled models, in every aspect of fashion!
'The UK needs to up its game, other countries are doing it, very disappointing that we are not.'

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