Event Recap: (dis)ABLED Beauty at CMU

Story by: Hailee Kaske
Photos by: Kayde Hambaum

Central Michigan University hosted the (dis)ABLED Beauty event on Feb. 8 at Park Library where Fashion Merchandising and Design students competed with original designs on a prosthetic device.

According to (dis)ABLED Beauty, “the purpose of this competition is to celebrate the evolution of beauty, disability and ability of highly designed assistive devices, adaptive devices and apparel.”

The competition is aimed to stop negative stigmas associated with mobility devices and the items are designed to show off the devices in a beautiful way.

(dis)ABLED Beauty’s Co-Chair of Public Relations at CMU is Ethan Hogan, a junior studying Integrative Public Relations, who believes this project is extremely important to have on campus to bring light to a subject that sometimes gets looked over.

This Fayetteville, North Carolina native believes that a large amount of Americans with disabilities are not accounted for in the fashion world. They, too, need fashionable and stylish clothing options as much as everyone else.

“The best part for me was to reach out to the individuals and invite them to the event. With that, there were so many enthusiastic about the show. It was great to see faculty members of all ranking at CMU come and support such an extraordinary project, and it was the best for myself to get that support behind the project as well.” Says Hogan.

Students can become involved with (dis)ABLED Beauty through participating as a designer, a volunteer and following Threads on social media to learn more.