Fashion company ASOS are often praised for their attempts to make the industry more diverse.
And now they’ve made enough step forward for diversity – creating a waterproof jumpsuit designed to be wheelchair-friendly.
So over the last several months I have been working with @ASOS to create a fashionable, yet practical waterproof all in one! Not just for people like me in a chair but for anyone. It's about making fashion accessible! So what should be next?! https://t.co/1gzzkRlED9 pic.twitter.com/7yS57QEmpD— Chloe Ball-Hopkins (@chloe_ballhopzy) July 4, 2018
“There’s a lot of people in a chair like myself who get cold easily, water and rain doesn’t help. You’ve got a lap that can get wet to. I thought: I need to do something.”
“To see the final product I can’t believe that we actually worked in conjunction so much. I thought maybe they’d take it and run with it,” Chloe told Newsbeat.
“You get the same version whether it’s you or I buying it - that’s the point. It is exactly the same for me as it is for you.”
The jumpsuit’s waterproof pockets will come in handy for wheelchair users too, Chloe says.
“Whether that’s to put your phone in, or you’ve got medication or information you need to have on you in case of emergency, you can have it on you and know that it can stay dry,” she said. “It was just literally those little tiny details that make the difference to people like me.
“We don’t want to have to look like we’re just doing practicality, we still want to be able to look fashionable.”
Unsurprisingly, the jumpsuit has gone down a storm on social media, with disabled and able bodied buyers alike wowed by it.
“Yes, yes, yes. We do exist. And we buy clothes!” one Twitter user wrote.
Great to see this sort of representation on the @ASOS website. Shopping is something most of us take for granted in terms of representation. Seeing disabled people in the media through campaigns, as actors, singers is so important as it challenges the stigma around disabilities. pic.twitter.com/asQAprWFxS— Gurls Talk (@gurlstalk) July 4, 2018
@ASOS leading the way! This is honestly the first time I have ever seen a disabled model in a ‘normal’ set up, rather than a special one off to gain attention. So happy my ASOS addiction is fuelling a forward thinking, caring business 🙌🏻 #equality #DisabilityRights pic.twitter.com/4bgTWzPrrV— Gracey (@GraceyRx) July 4, 2018