On Saturday 1st of September, atWork Australia were sponsors of Access to Fashion at the Library at the Dock, Melbourne. Access to Fashion was created and organised by writer, speaker, appearance advocate and clothes lover Carly Findlay, who realised the need for an event that truly emphasised the lack of  accessibility and inclusion in the fashion industry – in media, retail, and on the runway. We couldn’t agree more. With one in five people in Australia living with disability, 20% of the Australian population is severely underrepresented in the fashion industry, and in media in general.

The atWork Australia Disability Employment Services Melbourne team sponsored the salaries for seven hair and makeup artists to work at the event on Saturday, which was part of Melbourne Fashion Week. The hair and makeup artists prepared 21 models for the runway, using their skills and experience behind the scenes to ensure all the models were looking and feeling their best, and remained calm as they prepared to wow on the runway.

Those who were lucky enough to secure a ticket (tickets sold out extremely quickly) came to view the fashion show and hear Carly Findlay, Nicole Hind, Michelle Roger, Maudie Rose and Angel Dixon speak on the panel. atWork Australia were privileged to be involved in an event with a powerful message of inclusion.

If you are living with disability, injury or illness and are looking for work, atWork Australia are here to help. Call us today on 1300 080 856 , or enquire online. Just as Access to Fashion believes in fashion for all, we believe there is a job for all. We’ll work with you to find meaningful and lasting employment, and we are based in many locations in Melbourne, as well as around the country – find a location near you here.

 

The makeup artist team at work. Photo credit: muppetskincoat

 

The joy is incredible. So proud of everyone involved in #AccessToFashion. These models put their hands up to walk or wheel the catwalk in Melbourne Fashion Week. Most of them had never modelled before. But they rocked it. @donnacameron_personalstyle and her team – @briar_styleoneeighty and Nicole – did an amazing job matching each model with a designer. And look how stunning they look. The colours and the avant-garde nature of each outfit is wonderful. I feel under-dressed. Most of the designers are Melbourne based – we are so lucky they wanted to put their work into this show. Designers are @papelpaperboy @andreanicholsondesigns Blind Grit @bidiliia @danielhindsondesigns @designbyjude @gun_shy_design @lazybonesaustralia @liviaarenalabel Mazi Mr Ophelia X @ladiiboii23 and @toniefield Costumery @nevada.duffy @prestonzly @remusedesigns @thesocialstudio @sprinkleemporium @stetigstory 💜 Watch the video of Access to Fashion here on YouTube – link in profile 💛⬆️💛⬆️ image: large group of well dressed people smiling in a dimly lit room. Pic by @lovemoxieblog @melbfashionweek

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Event organiser Carly Findlay with the #AccessToFashion models. Photo credit: carlyfindlay

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