Victoria’s Secret Makes Its Adaptive Fashion Debut on the Runway of Dreams During NYFW

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Victoria’s Secret made its adaptive fashion debut at the Runway of Dreams show during New York Fashion Week. The Victoria’s Secret team had first come to a Runway of Dreams show two years ago to check out what was happening, and six months later they began a partnership with Mindy Scheier, founder of its foundation. For Scheier, it was an extraordinary process. “Victoria’s Secret is such a global brand. And to have them take their time to really understand who the woman was with a disability before designing for her, they really went through the process and then listened.”

A look from the collection. 

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It was also a momentous occasion for the models. Like many others, they had grown up watching the Victoria’s Secret runway show on television. However, with most bras and lingerie on the traditional market not being sensory-friendly, it’s been difficult for disabled people to find a design that is both comfortable and cute for them to wear. Lydia Smith, Victoria’s Secret’s chief diversity officer, described the intensive process the team went through with focus groups to perfect the products before showing them on the runway. “When we were working with women with disabilities to get feedback on the bra, we learned that something that is so important to this community is the fabric,” Smith said. “A lot of bras are itchy, uncomfortable, and have wiring, and it really hits different places on their bodies. Our team took that feedback to ensure that our fabric is stretchy, so it moves with your body but is also supersoft to the touch.”

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