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The ROM Showcases Izzy Camilleri’s Adaptive Designs

IZ Adaptive seated wedding dress (photo: Chris Chapman)

IZ Adaptive seated wedding dress (photo: Chris Chapman)

JUNE 21 TO JANUARY 25  After journalist Barbara Turnbull, who is quadriplegic, commissioned celebrated Canadian designer Izzy Camilleri to make her a shearling cape, the challenge inspired Camilleri to launch IZ Adaptive, an innovative line of stylish, functional and affordable clothing for people who use wheelchairs. Five years later, IZ Adaptive is the focus of Fashion Follows Form: Designs for Sitting, an exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum that highlights the importance of making fashion accessible to all. This groundbreaking show juxtaposes Camilleri’s leather jacket, trench coat, wedding dress and tuxedo with 18th-and 19th-century fashions from the ROM’s collection that represent the types of historical designs Camilleri looked back to in order to create her innovative, contemporary designs. —Cara Smusiak

• Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, 416-586-8000; rom.on.ca
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