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Why design should also be inclusive?

Despite her tiny stature, Sinead Burke has become a force to be reckoned with in the world of fashion, pushing for designs to become accessible for all, reports AFP.

The 29-year-old Irishwoman, just 1.05 metres (three feet and five inches) tall, has not gone unnoticed at London Fashion Week. Burke was in the front row at the Victoria Beckham and Roksanda catwalk shows, sitting just a few places away from Anna Wintour, the high priestess of fashion. She cuts a surprising figure amidst the models, movie actors and pop stars – yet she too sports luxurious outfits.

Before the Beckham show, Burke was wearing some of the former Spice Girls singer’s creations, donning a canary yellow blouse decorated with a black flower, and a straight brown skirt. But there is plenty more in her wardrobe that she could have chosen from.

“There is some Gucci, some Prada, some Dior, some Balenciaga, some Victoria Beckham, some Christopher Kane, some Burberry,” she told AFP. How did the school teacher from Dublin end up on the cover of Britain’s Vogue magazine? The journey started in March 2017 with a TED Talk – the online ideas conferences – and a speech entitled “Why design should include everyone”.

Her talk went over the obstacles she faced in daily life in the designed world, from the height of locks on toilet doors to the available range of shoe sizes. The video, which has been viewed 1.4 million times, seems to have triggered some changes.

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