When Madeline Stuart first walked a catwalk show at New York Fashion Week in 2015, she made instant headlines becoming the first ever professional adult model with Down’s Syndrome.
Fast forward two years and 20-year-old, Australian-born Madeline has launched her very own fashion label.
In a bid to further change perceptions of people with disabilities she returned to New York Fashion Week on Sunday with her new brand, 21 Reasons Why by Madeline Stuart.
Wearing blue patterned leggings, the model-come-designer kicked off the show on the Art Hearts Fashion runway, where she was joined by several other international designers who were showcasing their new collections.
The collection, described as ‘mirroring her own daily style’, was a contemporary take on trendy daywear with short flared skirts, crop tops and t-shirts and will be sold exclusively online.
The name of the label, 21 Reasons Why, was inspired by Madeline’s passion for inclusivity within the fashion world and the pride she insists upon in her 21st chromosome.
This won’t be the model’s last foray on the runway though.
Before heading back to Australia next year Madeline will walk in a number of designer shows including PromGirl and Norish Kareem.Reuse content