Beth Wilson has praised a Bristol-based bridal boutique in Bristol for their inclusive window display.
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As a wheelchair user herself, it was Beth who noticed and first Tweeted about The White Collection’s display. Beth later told Metro.co.uk that “This is the first time I’ve seen a wheelchair in a shop window like this (mobility shops not included) and it was so surprising to see and made me feel represented.”
“So often disabled people feel invisible because we don’t see ourselves in the media much, and especially not modelling beautiful clothes,” Beth explained. “The reaction on Twitter has shown that it means a lot to other people, too.”
The new wedding shop in town has a wheelchair using mannequin and it shouldn’t be exciting but it’s the first time I’ve ever seen disability portrayed in a shop window. pic.twitter.com/N5sco2fLJf
— Beth Wilson (@doodlebeth) January 9, 2019
Beth also praised The While Collection team for decorating the mobility aid with green vines: “It’s great that the decorated the chair rather than try and hide it away.”
Beth continued, “Mobility aids are often portrayed as negative things that people want to hide when actual mobility aids like wheelchairs give us freedom.”
It’s so refreshing to see the fabulous team at The White Collection understanding the importance of making brides of not only all shapes and sizes, but also abilities, feel comfortable enough to shop at their bridal shop.
“The world isn’t designed for us,” Beth explained. “I don’t need a wedding dress, but if I did, I’d definitely be far happier about going to a shop where I knew that I’d be accepted, wheelchair and all,” Beth concluded.
When Beth got in contact with the shop to compliment them on their window display, Laura Allen, who owns the boutique was delighted to know the window display was well-received.
We caught up with Laura to find out the inspiration behind the window display, the boutique owner told us:
“We had just stripped our Christmas window which was very elaborate, and so we wanted to replace it with something simple to contrast. We do like to be different so decided to represent wheelchair-using brides with one of the mannequins.”
When asked if she thinks disabled brides are poorly represented in fashion and the media, Laura told Confetti.co.uk, “Going by the feedback we have had from our window, I think that a large amount of disabled people feel as though they are not represented well in the fashion industry.”
Does Laura have any other amazing window displays planned for the future?
“We have planned our windows for both boutiques up to Christmas 2019! We do like to be different and have something about each window that is a talking-point, although I don’t think any of them will make as much as an impact as this one has – but you never know!”
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