What started as a solution to combat the limited adaptive fashion options for women with disabilities and changing bodies, has now expanded to include menswear, is available through mainstream retailers, and has been bolstered by the world’s first quadriplegic fashion designer joining the team.
Read more about the story behind the label and the importance of creating universal fashion that’s beautiful for every body.
"The clothes are so lovely and fit so well that I just went back onto your website and ordered 7 more pieces. Thanks so much for creating clothes that are easy to put on, while also making me look professional in the office."
"The Track Pants with Hidden Pouch are perfect. Usually we would need to cut and sew or get pants custom made. These are also the easiest pants we have ever dressed our client in."
“I love the Cowl Neck Leaf Back Top so much, I bought a second one. The sizing is great, I was unsure how sizing would be. These are perfect for quadriplegics."
"The PJ dress is so much easier for everyone and the fabric is beautiful. I am a fabric snob and this fabric is great."
“My favourite thing about the leaf back t-shirt is that I am able to put it on myself. Usually, I need the assistance of my mum. However, not with these shirts, I am able to dress my top half independently.”
“Love the fact that I was able to put on and take off the top on my own #winning, as usually I’ll have to go up a few sizes.”
"The pants haven't been off my bottom! As soon as I put them on I instantly loved them. They are so comfy and the velcro is ideal for my condition."
The history-making show featured 10 models with disability from across Australia, including disability advocate Lisa Cox, actor and disability advocate Chloe Hayden and Queensland Australian of the Year 2021, Dr Dinesh Palipana, who said the experience of taking part in the adaptive runway was "indescribable".
‘Unexpected’, ‘unbelievable’ and ‘unreal’ were all words I heard to describe the Adaptive Clothing Collective at this year’s Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW). It was clear that founder Jessie Sadler and lead designer Carol Taylor had achieved one of the things they set out to do with this new collection for Australia’s first inclusive fashion label, Christina Stephens: to dispel the myth that clothing adapted for people with disabilities could not be fashionable, stylish, glamorous, luxurious and even a little sexy. (Inside Retail)