In Fashion But Out of Reach?

Results from a new survey from leading disability charity Leonard Cheshire highlight the lack of choice for disabled customers in mainstream fashion. Fashion is ignoring disabled customers, with three quarters of disabled people surveyed saying that mainstream fashion in the UK does not meet their needs. A staggering 96% of disabled people also believe there is not enough representation of disability across the fashion industry today.

  • 75% of disabled people surveyed say their needs are not being met by mainstream fashion in UK*
  • 96% of disabled people surveyed said there is not enough representation of disability across the fashion industry today*

One respondent to the survey said:

“Trying to find something that works for both powered and manual wheelchairs is impossible. I had a huge issue finding a coat that was functional and looked nice, so I had to make my own to meet my needs. The options available make me feel like if you are disabled, you’re not allowed to look presentable.”

Read more about the survey on the Leonard Cheshire website, where there are also some excellent blog posts on the subject!