For its front row, Bezgraniz Couture invited guests for whom the line is designed — those with nontraditional body types, whose disabilities warrant special considerations in clothing.
Janina Urussowa, one of the line’s founders who worked with a collective of Moscow’s British Higher School of Art & Design students to create the collection, noted, “Everything you see here was made especially for a certain kind of disability. The point is first establishing function, then comes construction and then comes design. It’s Bauhaus Russian avant-garde. The new form for a next generation of customers in an emerging market.”
The show also featured models who were amputees, those who had Down syndrome and cerebral palsy and those in wheelchairs.
Smart design was demonstrated throughout the show: zippers and tear-away button openings both allowed for easy dressing over prosthetics; for those in a wheelchair, waterproof extensions could be unfolded from jackets over the lap in case of rain. There were no gimmicks, just functional, polished styles in solid olive, gray, khaki, racing green, black, white, some with pops of primary yellow or light blue.
Instagram-cast model and amputee Jerris Madison wore a very cool and well-fitting look of quilted, lightly padded nylon shorts and matching jacket. Extolling the virtues of his outfit, he said, “It’s very challenging sometimes being an amputee [to] find the right clothes to fit your leg, and this fits amazing, I feel like a million bucks.”