FTL Moda put a spin on the typical show at New York fashion Week, casting a group of disabled models to show off the brand's clothes on the runway in a groundbreaking presentation.
The Italian fashion company teamed up with Fondazione Vertical, an Italian research organization for spinal cord injuries, according to Marie Claire, and made a huge statement, challenging the standard of beauty in the fashion industry.
When the show began Sunday, the disabled models got glammed up in silver paint, stunning makeup, intricate gowns, sheer lace jumpsuits and more, with some coming down the catwalk in wheelchairs, others walking on canes and amputees unabashedly displaying missing limbs.
According to Marie Claire, one particularly special moment was when Jack Eyers walked down the runway, considering he is the first male amputee to ever do so at Nyfw. Clad in silver body paint and black pants, Jack walked down barefoot for one look, and looked dapper in a navy suit for another.
"It all feels so surreal-I can't believe this is actually happening,'' Eyers told Caters News in a release. "To be the first male amputee model on a New York Fashion Week runway feels amazing-it feels like such a big deal. I just want to show that having a disability doesn't need to hold you back. I want people to see me, and to realize that there needs to be more disabled models walking the runway."
Prior to FTL Moda's show, fashion designer Carrie Hammer also broke down barriers when American Horror Story star Jamie Brewer walked in her show "Role Models Not Runway Models" and became the first woman with Down Syndrome to do so.