Kymberly Martin

Adaptive clothing to take centre stage at AfterPay Australian Fashion Week

AfterPay Australian Fashion Week is Australia’s premier fashion event, and The Adaptive Clothing Collective, designed for people with disability, will appear in a special runway show this year.


Lawyer and paraplegic Carol Taylor and designer Jessie Sadler have teamed up with adaptive fashion label, Christina Stephens to bring this collection of unique styles that add glamour and colourful punch to the brand.

The new range has given more consideration to people with specific conditions and abilities, while keeping its universal design appeal.

All pieces will go on pre-sale following the show. A menswear collection will be released post-show that includes easy-fit tees and dress shirts, to more formal pieces.


According to Taylor, visitors to AAFW can expect the new collection to be a major evolution of the Christina Stephens brand.” It will be eye opening, unexpected and provocative and we anticipate that this runway will change the way people perceive adaptive fashion.”  And the highlight “something very special designed for the girl that can’t stand up.”

Models all with a disability who will take to the runway include disability advocate Lisa Cox, researcher Dr Dinesh Palipana, artist and author Suzanne Berry, Emma Carey and Bella Herrmann.

There is also the opportunity to attend AAFW with two front row tickets to the Adaptive Clothing Collective runway presentation on Thursday May 12 at 10am. AAFW runs from May 9-13 at Carriageworks, Sydney.

Head to the AAFW Instagram page for details on how to enter. The competition is for tickets to the AAFW in Sydney. Winners must be able to travel to and from the venue at their own expense.

Enter AAFW Tix Competition