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Feeling Fashionable? February 4, 2010

Posted by Lauren Cooke in Fashion, Inspiration, Life, Chatter & Politics.
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I was watching Gok Wan’s How to Look Good Naked this week, and found myself in tears. Whilst not an uncommon reaction to a show that shows women just how good they can feel about themselves, this one was especially heart breaking because the downright fabulous woman on it was completely blind. All her life she had been worrying about how she looked, whether she could remember what looked good together, and feeling that she was hugely fat and unattractive. Through a series of techniques and conversations Gok set out to chain these views and show her what she really looked like, even if she couldn’t see.

He used simple methods – such as letting her feel a cast of her body in comparison to other women, pointing out her beautiful points, teaching her what shapes worked for her body and developing a system whereby she could work out if an article of clothing suited her. By the end she was transformed into someone who glowed with confidence, whilst I sobbed in a corner!

Anyway, it got me to thinking about the systems for dealing with image and self-confidence if you are blind. I know there are makeover charities and similar designed to help women who have been ravaged by cancer, but I am not sure there is anything for people who cannot see what they look like. I cannot imagine how difficult it would be to work out daily outfits and be incredibly conscious of others looking out you, without being able to use vision to help. There may be tools that can identify colours, but that it only one step – people would need to know how fabrics combine, what different clothing shapes feel like, and how patterns can work together. Trying to look fashionable must be a terrifying prospect.

 Do you guys think that a charity targeting this area, a fashion consultancy for the blind, would be a good idea?

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1. Selina - February 9, 2010

This is something I’ve been pondering since my Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis. One of the possible things that could happen is vision problems (although full blindness is unlikely) and it’s really been worrying me how I would care for my appearance if I did have problems seeing. And it’s not just the clothing either – what about makeup? And hair?

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8. Cafe Fashionista - February 13, 2010

I just have to thank you for bringing this issue forth. I had a close friend who was paralyzed from the neck down, and died when we were both twelve. She went through so much pain and suffering during those twelve years, yet she was always positive. The one thing she always worried about, however, was her hair. She had a nurse/caretaker who would always make sure that her hair looked beautiful; because it made her feel even more beautiful about herself.

I think that a fashion consultancy, not just for the blind, but for people with a multitude of handicaps would be such a phenomenal thing. What an amazing idea. 🙂

9. M - February 15, 2010

It would be very thoughtful to have something like this available, it would definitely help with self esteem issues just wonderful, are you thinking of developing something as this in your area?

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