Paralympic Models Rule the Runway at Tokyo Fashion Week

Takafumi Tsuruta's label Tenbo showcased yesterday at Tokyo Fashion Week with a much discussed array of disabled models that included paralympic athletes, a blind woman, a woman in a wheelchair, and ladies with prosthetic limbs.

The designer strives to create clothes with handicapped people in mind and called on Paralympic gold medal swimmer, Rina Akiyamaand, to showcase his designs.

One way Tsuruta catered to the disabled was by using items such as magnetic buttons for users to put and take off clothes easily. Many of the models also wore vibrant yellow wigs to match the theme of the show.

This isn't the first designer to use disabled models on the catwalk. The FTL Moda's AW15 show in Milan, which featured international designers with a 'Made in Italy' theme, showcased disabled models from all over the world, and the very first model in a wheelchair was Danielle Sheypuk.

Tokyo Fashion Week has been running since Monday and is scheduled to continue until March 21. For in-depth, behind-the-scenes coverage, check out our Tokyo Fashion Week tag here.
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