Guest post: The Language of Fashion – Looking past disability by Emily Davison

Emily has written the most amazing article that really needs no introduction.  Nevertheless I am going to point you guys to a great article featuring Emily and her Guide Dog Unity that was in the Daily Mail yesterday.  What a great team they make!  And without further adieu…
 
 
 
“When you have a disability, knowing that you are not defined by it is the sweetest
feeling.” – “In My Dreams I Dance”, Autobiography by Anne Wafula Strike (p. 79)
 
 
Greetings Readers!
I bid you all welcome to my introductory post here on the lovely Vicky’s
aroundandupsidedown.co.uk!
Today I join you to discuss the world of fashion and cosmetics and its relationship
with fashion through the eyes of someone who sees the world in a different way.
But first, allow me to introduce myself. I’m Emily Davison- English Literature Student,
Writer, Astronomer, Disability Campaigner, Animal Lover and a Fashion and Beauty
Enthusiast.
 
As some of you may gather, I’m a fashion and lifestyle blogger. I run a fashion blog
come website known as fashioneyesta.com. But you may be wondering what makes
this a startling proclamation. After all, the reservoir of fashion blogs expands on
a huge scale and first and foremost mine may seem like another statistic in this
number. Two years ago I discovered that I could unite my love of fashion and writing
into creating a blog. However, the direction that my blog would take was brought to
the forefront on one day in July 2012.
 
 
As a student studying English Literature and an individual living in the hubbub of
London I am accustomed to traveling from place to place and enjoying the fruits
that London has to offer. It was on this day that I decided to embark on a tube ride
to my beloved V&A Museum. However, on this day a member of the public who
made a preconceived judgement on the way I apparently looked to him met me. On
trying to access the tube via the accessibility barrier gate I was informed that I was
not entitled to access this gate, however, I answered that I was because I too had a
disability. It was then that I disclosed to him just as I am doing to you now that I am
accompanied everywhere I go by a Guide Dog.
His response to my having a disability was that….
 

‘You don’t look blind.’

 This startling comment remained locked into my thoughts for many weeks
afterwards and thus forms to crux of my blog. For fashioneyesta.com is not just
any fashion and lifestyle blog. It is a blog that has been created with the aims of
providing fashion and lifestyle support and guidance to those who are living with
or facing sight loss. However, it is also designed to help target the preconceived
ideas about people with sight loss and thus tackle the colossal monster that is the
misconceptions about Disability and identity permanently.
I began to write different features and posts on different aspects of fashion and
lifestyle from the perspective of someone with sight loss. From audio describing key
trends of the season in a way that would be accessible to people with sight loss in
which I described every single detail to the very last friend to discussing different
treatments and products that would create a sensory experience for my visually
impaired readers.
 
 
 
Of course during the birth of my blog I only considered what I was doing to be
a hobby and if this hobby lead to at least one person who was sight impaired or
disabled obtaining some style inspiration from my writing, I was content.
But within the space of around two months of writing my blog things began to take
on a new pace and the dynamic of not only fashioneyesta changed entirely.
Shortly after my blog was created and I had been writing constantly for two months,
I soon approached the RNIB’s Insight Radio in a bid for them to promote my blog in
some way. However, I got much more than I bargained for. Instead, I was offered a
weekly slot on Insight Radio as a fashion and lifestyle contributor. Of course during
the time this was a major milestone for my blog, I finally had the publicity I needed
and then things began to truly flourish.
 
From that point I was featured on a number of publications such as BBC4s In Touch
Radio, Able Radio, Guide Dogs and many more. Within the space of only a year
of writing my blog I was working with a number of charities and organisations on
developing and expanding on fashion projects such as Living Paintings and advising
major brands on how to develop their products for people with sight loss. I was
writing constantly and producing a range of content which was dedicated to helping
people with sight loss and other disabilities to develop their own sense of style and
identity in life.
 
 
 
Now, two years later and only a month away from the 2nd
fashioneyesta I feel that my blog is at the peek of its success. I regularly receive a
number of requests from publications and charities for a number of events and
interviews. I remain to work on Insight Radio every week and am now in partnership
with VI Talk Podcast to produce fashion and lifestyle audio content for people with
sight loss. I also write for the Huffington Post UK and have previously written for The
Guardian. I truly believe that a blog is the best medium to express your thoughts and
opinions and to truly make a change to the outlooks of different people. I regularly
receive messages from different people with sight loss and other disabilities that
share the same views as my own on bridging the gap between fashion and disability.
My writing has enabled to understand identity in its truest form and the role
that fashion plays in presenting your own identity. To me, fashion is more than a
creative concept that is hugely franchised. It is art, a medium of self-expression and
something that should be open to every single person from different walks of life.
Whether an individual chooses to embrace its many different options or choose to
walk on the more narrow path, from the eccentrically dressed with vivid colours
to the casual student. Every person that you see has the ability to tell their story
through their clothes and the way they use them to live their life regardless of the
amount of money in your purse, or your clothing size or your disability. There are
many artists in this world who paint a picture every day, whether they know it or
not. The man who steps out of his house wearing that self same bowler hat that
he has done for twenty years, or the women wearing a different scarf every day
there stories are spoken through their clothes. Take me for example, I dress in a way
that expresses my femininity and with it expresses my love for animals and nature
through my occasional bohemian flare or my desire to learn through my sprinkling of
the vintage or my desire for change on wearing bold colours and most importantly
the fact that I love words through my very prominent use of the colour blue. In
Chinese culture, the colour blue is said to presentment liberty with words and your
voice and it is something I use to be the main motif of my attire.
 
 
 
The message I am attempting to present is that style is an imperative format of
discovering yourself and who you are as an individual. You need to utilise it and
develop it to your life. Therefore a person’s disability should not be considered as
a hindrance to a persons engagement with fashion. The fashion industry and its
relationship to fashion needs to be unified in order for the world to understand how
fashion is a way of life for everyone and if allowed to be, the artist brush in all of us.
 
So, come along and join me on fashioneyesta.com, share your views, get involved,
interact and lets tear away the walls of misconception and recreate fashion and an
artistic concept which is a expressive medium for everyone to use.
Lets enable society to look past disability and understand the language of fashion in
explaining their own identity.
 
Lets make fashion art once again!
 
Thank you for reading.
 

Where can you find Fashioneyesta?

 
At fashioneyesta I offer a range of services from reviews,
features and articles on the latest trends, products and
more. I also discuss and write about features on request,
so if there is something In the world of fashion that you
would like to be made accessible drop me an email at
 
Our social links such as our Facebook group and
Facebook page, Twitter, Audioboo and other social media
links allows you to link up with other like minded people to
discuss different topics and socialize with others.
 
Social Links
Website: fashioneyesta.com
Facebook Page: Search ‘Fashioneyesta’
Facebook Group: Search ‘The Fashioneyesta.com Forum’
Instagram: @fashioneyesta2012
Twitter: @DavisonEm
Audioboo: @Fashioneyesta
YouTube: Search ‘Fashioneyesta’
Vlog Channel: Search ‘FashioneyestaExtra’
On air on RNIB’s Insight Radio every Friday at 2.15 pm.

25 thoughts on “Guest post: The Language of Fashion – Looking past disability by Emily Davison

  1. Isn't she incredible? Emily is the most down to earth young lady, but also does so much to raise awareness and make the lives of others richer.

  2. Great post – I love reading about inspirational people, it makes me feel like the world really is mainly made up of positive people. Disability definitely shouldn't be a hindrance to style.

  3. Wow I love this – it is so important that people feel good about themselves and Emily is empowering everyone to look good and feel good. Off to check out her blog now – thanks for sharing, Vicky!

  4. What an inspirational lady and well done for raising awareness. It's such a feel good post to hear how awareness can be spread.

  5. Brilliant, simply brilliant work. As the Mum of a little girl with DS who I have campaign to get into inclusive advertising, I applaud you.
    Hayley

  6. It is good week for fashion and there are so many new vistas to show related to entertainment and all have been brought along by the modern Science. If you look around you will easily notice a lot of modernized electronic gadgets that have given life a totally different meaning.

  7. As you studied in English literature how you inspired to come in the fashion blog writing? Fashion is something that is continuously getting changes. So its very important to keep up to date with the fashion that are changing.

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