FOX WFLD Spotlights Fashion Student Ali Kushner's Inclusive Collection

Student Ali Kushner fits a bright jacket onto a mannequin

School of the Art Institute of Chicago student Ali Kushner’s latest fashion collection has been spotlighted by Chicago's local affiliate FOX 32. The network published both a video and article featuring Kushner’s focus on inclusive designs created with autistic and disabled people in mind. Created as part of her senior capstone, Kushner’s collection repurposes scraps from other projects to create easy-to-wear clothes for a wide range of bodies. She says that the fashion industry doesn’t consider things like how zippers can be difficult for people with mobility issues, and certain fabrics can cause sensory issues. 

Kushner also partnered with Chicago nonprofit Envision Unlimited, which works with developmentally disabled artists. Six artists helped to create the feature piece of her collection—a long train made of fabric scraps.

She hopes her project inspires more inclusivity in the fashion world and allows people to connect with the clothes they feel best in. "I want them to look at a piece of clothing and say: ‘I want to put that on every day for the rest of my life,'" she told FOX.