Designer Ann Oliver to Engage Other Designers in New Project

10 Dec
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Pants outfit by Ann Oliver. Part of her Xeni Collection, xenicollection.com.

UK designer Ann Oliver, a pioneer in couture for disabled women, is engaging in a new kind of outreach: she plans to gather talented designers from Not Just a Label and have them design one piece for her Xeni Collection  each season. Doing so, Mrs. Oliver reasons, gives up-and-coming designers greater exposure to the market as well as expanded horizons composing garments for a particular niche.

“The time is right, now, when we have a unique opportunity, established with such guts and determination by sportsmen and women from across the globe. It is time to bring designing for [disabled women] into the mainstream. I have a dream that every designer at London Fashion Week would include one outfit in every collection for women facing our challenges,”  Mrs. Oliver comments in her blog.

Stricken with multiple sclerosis over 20 years ago, Ann Oliver learned firsthand the challenges of battling with buttons, hooks, and other conventional fastenings. She also discovered that standard clothing options were not properly cut for seated wearers: the garments provided neither comfort nor coverage, let alone style. An architect, she enrolled in a London college to learn clothing design, and Xeni took root.

Inspiration

As disabled women, we are well aware of the difficulties our conditions impose on us, whether we are able to work or not. Ann Oliver is one of us, who changed careers in mid-life to work for us: as I commented in an October post, this is a daunting task. This holiday season, give yourself a treat and visit her site at xenicollection.com. It is inspiring to see what Mrs. Oliver does, and you’ll want to add an outfit or two to your wish list.  Spread the word!

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2 Responses to “Designer Ann Oliver to Engage Other Designers in New Project”

  1. spashionistareport December 10, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    I like the idea being presented. I’m not blown away by the clothes and they are on the expensive side, but I really love the concept. I’ll definitely check back periodically.

    • desiburger2000 December 10, 2012 at 3:20 am #

      She has the clothes made up locally rather than outsourcing to Eastern countries; that can add to the cost. I love a lot of the pants outfits and items for ambulatory women, but I suspect you are trendier than I! No harm there! Glad you visited the site, and thanks, as always, for your comments! Laura

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