Nashville Fashion Show Showcases All-Inclusive Models
ASHLAND CITY, Tennessee (WTVF) – A fashion blogger is defying the norm in the industry.
From her purple hair to her “loud” clothes, Alicia Searcy isn’t afraid to make a statement, but it hasn’t always been.
The Ashland City resident was born with cerebral palsy and is dependent on a wheelchair and a walker.
Growing up with a model as a mother, Searcy says she has been criticized for her appearance.
“For a long, long time I didn’t care about fashion and I was a redneck,” Searcy said, “people didn’t treat me well and talk to me because I was in a wheelchair. and I thought it was ridiculous so I decided to do something to change it. “
Searcy started dressing with intention and said she noticed it changed the way people interacted with her, which ultimately changed the way she saw herself.
She decided to start the fashion blog “Spashionista” which is a collection of “spastic fashionistas”.
Sometime after, she was invited to the opening of a boutique in 2014. She eventually started a fashion blog and was invited to the opening of a vintage boutique that was not accessible. This is how she and shop owner Krystle Ramos started talking about accessibility.
“We started talking about accessibility and wanting to make the world a more equal place,” Searcy said, “and talked about doing a fashion show for a while.”
When David Bowie passed away in 2016, Searcy and Ramos turned words into action.
Finally, they created “Fashion is for Every Body”, an all-inclusive show.
“You don’t see a fashion show like ours anywhere,” Searcy said, “we work with adults of all ages, sizes, races, physical abilities, gender orientation and gender identity… the same time.”
Models will wear collections from local boutiques in sizes included. These are Finale and Nashville designers Brakefields, Any Old Iron and Rank & Sugar with accessories from the Patti + Ricky Adaptive Clothing Market.
The show will be in Nashville at Studio 615 on Saturday, September 11. There are still tickets left. To purchase tickets, click here.