Last night, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation held its first ever Design For Disability Gala at Sotheby’s. Five students at the Fashion Institute of Technology participated in a five-month competition to design beautiful outfits for women with disabilities.
Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and then took their seats for the show. After introductions from Richard Ellenson, the CEO of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and fashion designer Thom Browne, who acted as mentor to the students and one of the judges, it was time for the show.
Models came out on to the stage beaming and showing off the custom creations they were wearing. Student designer Grace Insogna took home the top prize of $5,000 for her work, which was judged by the A-list team of Browne, Andrew Bolton, the Head Curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, Ann Roth, Academy, Emmy, TONY award winning Costume Designer, Dr. Danielle Sheypuk, Psychologist, Media Commentator Disability-Rights Advocate and Model, and Dr. Alette Coble-Temple, Ms. Wheelchair America 2016.