Runway of Dreams Aims to Make High Fashion More Inclusive

Where there's a will, there's a runway

Aug 9, 2017
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Fashion designer and mother Mindy Scheier founded Runway of Dreams Foundation (RODF) in 2014, when her son Oliver--who has Muscular Dystrophy--wanted to wear jeans to school. After scouring the available options, she discovered that there aren’t many trendy pieces for people with disabilities.

Instead of accepting the lack of available styles, Scheier used her 20 years in the fashion industry to create a non profit. RODF raises money to promote and dispatch versatile clothing, creates opportunities in the industry for people with disabilities, and supports charity events such as clothing donations, design classes, and benefits.

The organization also features a model “Look Book,” where models of different body types, sizes, and abilities share the spotlight. Their aim is to celebrate diversity and make the industry more inclusive for everyone. Last year, RODF even teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger to create their first clothing line with a major designer.

RODF’s most recent fashion show fundraiser raised more than $1 million dollars for the foundation and furthered their efforts to raise awareness about inclusive fashion for everyone.

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