How are designers and marketers working to change fashion for people with disabilities? What is Universal Design? How does representation further inclusive practices? What is the future of fashion and disability?

A recent conversation between brand ambassadors, designers, and industry pioneers explored the development of fashion for people with disabilities, representation, and the business case for engaging with inclusive design. The panel also discussed the shift in approach from focus on function to self-expression.


Conversation moderated by Xian Horn. Panelists include:

Alexis Kashar, Founder, RoseBYANDER

Grace Jun, Executive Director, Open Style Lab

Amy Kightlinger, Director Product Development for Kids Apparel at Target

Mari Anderson Bogdan, Principal Technical Designer for Adaptive Apparel at Target



CART Captioning will be provided for this program. ASL Interpretation and other services available upon request. Find out about Cooper Hewitt’s accessibility services.

Accessibility initiatives are made possible by the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional funding is also provided by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Presented in conjunction with

Image-logo from Reel Abilities Film Festival, New York.