My good friend Kat Sparkes has established the Flamingo Foundation to help vulnerable people empower themselves through long-term, sustainable solutions that benefit their community and the wider public.
Flamingo Foundation has held its first ‘Find My Style’ fashion workshop helping young adults with disabilities to channel their own sense of style and build body confidence. I was fortunate to be invited along to document the session, which was lead by Hannah Jean, a fashion stylist and image consultant. Everyone was asked to cut out images they liked from an enormous pile of fashion magazines, and to create a mood board of styles, colours, shapes and looks.
Hannah showcased the key styles and themes for Spring/Summer 2014 and worked with the group to explore how they could develop their own sense of style and build their body confidence. Joining Hannah was expert seamstress Magdalena Handwerker who gave advice on adapting clothes to suit their needs.
One person to benefit from the session was Jazz Nightingale, aged 19 from Stevenage. Jazz is a wheelchair user and feels like mainstream fashion can sometimes feel inaccessible to young adults with disabilities. She says ‘I was interested in the session because I like to follow fashion just like other young people. It helps me express myself and my favourites are patterns, sparkly clothes and scarves.’
If you’d like to know more about Kat’s Flaming Foundation please click on the link above or contact her at email@example.com