Our recent BA (Hons) Fashion graduate, Robyn Griffiths, was selected to exhibit her collection at Parallel London a run and festival that celebrates inclusivity and invites people of all ages and abilities to take part. Parallel London took place this year at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Robyn’s collection, ‘Christopher-Robyn’ had its own tent in the Innovision Culture Zone showcasing pieces from the collection and space to present the portfolio, dissertation, look books plus present a short fashion film.
The collection was inspired by her her brother’s struggles. As she helped care for her younger brother, she understood the difficulties he went through when dressing and this inspired Robyn to create a range, named Christopher-Robyn, which would enable disabled people to dress themselves.
She said: “The garments – three menswear and three womenswear – incorporate practical functions such as double zips extending the length of the garments and the use of poppers. These features allow people with disabilities to dress themselves independently but they are also concealed so that the garments appear perfectly ‘ordinary”.
Robyn was delighted to have this opportunity; “I spent my day speaking to people of all abilities that had ran the races and different charities and businesses at the event, answering questions about my collection. I am so honoured to be part of such an incredible event with so many amazing people. Parallel offers so many opportunities and I am so glad that I was able to be a part of it and get involved in the festival. Having the opportunity to show members of the public my all inclusive graduate collection that allows the wearer to dress themselves more independently.”
“Parallel London were also kind enough to recommend myself to a number of brands, one being Asos. An Asos representative came to meet me and I was able to chat about my collection and my aspirations for the future and being involved a part of inclusive fashion.”