Inclusive fashion in vogue thanks to additional funding for clothing designer Carol Taylor Designs

Carol Taylor Designs receives $10,000 from Mable Community Grants to support the 4.4 million Australians living with disability.

The 4.4 million Australians living with disability or health and dexterity issues will soon have access to inclusive fashion1, thanks to funding by Mable Community Grants.

Photo credits: Richard Smith @rsit_richard

Carol Taylor Designs is one of two organisations to receive funding as part of Mable Community Grants’ 2021 program. Both organisations promote independence for people with disability and ageing Australians. Carol Taylor Designs was chosen to receive the grant to support the production of stylish inclusive clothing and accessories that empower people with disability, plus sized persons, seniors and individuals with dexterity issues to dress independently and feel confident.

Founder, Carol Taylor is a quadriplegic, paralysed from the chest down and with completely paralysed hands due to a spinal cord injury. The current offering of adapted clothing is designed by able-bodied designers for people with disability. Carol hopes to use her lived experience to design and create stylish pieces for the one in five people living with disability in Australia1. Carol’s designs embrace diversity and inclusion using magnetic buttons and zips to develop user-friendly clothing and accessories.

“Shopping when disabled is usually a dreaded experience as nothing works, and what is available is often designed with the primary intent of assisting a carer with easy dressing. Thanks to the additional funding from Mable, we can help transform the disabled stereotype,” says Taylor.

“This project is a dynamic game changer for social cohesion enabling people with disability to take their rightful place in a fashionable society. No longer will tracksuits be regulation attire for people with disability. Fashion is more than about how you look, it’s an expression of one’s identity. Inclusive fashion isn’t just a nice charitable thing to do, it’s smart business,” Taylor says.

Inclusive clothing is expected to be valued at nearly AUD$515.7 billion by 2026. The funding will assist with the launch of Carol’s e-commerce store and production of new inclusive designs. Many of Carol’s designs will feature her own artwork with hopes to also shine a spotlight on the artwork of other Australian artists with disability. The establishment of the

online store allows people with disability to shop from the comfort of their own homes and enables the start-up business to be more competitive.

Peter Scutt, CEO and Co-Founder of Mable, said: “Our mission is to bring people together at Mable, and through Mable Community Grants, we aim to fund innovative projects and people that are focused on fostering true inclusivity. I’m thrilled that Mable Community Grants could support the manufacturing of inclusive clothing for people living with disability, older Australians and those with health or dexterity issues.”

The Mable Community Grants initiative supports people and projects working toward improving independence and inclusion for people with disability and ageing Australians. The grants provide a platform for the community to be a catalyst for change they most want to see in society.

To learn more about the Mable Community Grants initiative and its grants, click here.

To learn more about Carol Taylor Designs, click here.