(dis)ABLED BEAUTY: the evolution of beauty, disability, and ability

An invitation from Dr. Brittany Fremion:

I would like to invite you to the exhibit opening of (dis)ABLED BEAUTY: the evolution of beauty, disability, and ability on Thursday, February 8, 2018.  The exhibit is hosted by the Clarke Historical Library and features student and faculty work from the Department of History in the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences.  

The exhibit is a celebration of highly designed assistive devices, adaptive devices, and apparel for those living with disabilities. A companion to the exhibition, The (dis)ABLED BEAUTY Oral History Project places the experiences and perceptions of people with disabilities at the center of this exhibition. Dr. Brittany Fremion (History), Dr. Stacey Lim (Audiology), Adam Strom (Due South Productions), and advanced undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in HST 585: Oral History in fall 2017 gathered over 15 hours of interviews, preserved in the research collection of the Museum of Cultural and Natural History at CMU. Portions of individual stories are featured in the exhibition to weave together a narrative that explores the history, perception, and experience of disability. The stories of current and former CMU students, faculty and staff, as well as those from individuals engaged in Disability fashion, activism, and adaptive sports, help to make clear that there is no singular disability or experience.

The evening's festivities will begin with a guest speaker at 7:00 pm in the Park Library Auditorium.  Guest speaker, Heidi McKenize, was in an accident that left her paralyzed from the chest down and subsequently went on to found, Alter Ur Ego, a clothing company for wheelchair users.  

Following the guest speaker, Alexis Jones will be presenting her American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) award winning designs for children with autism. 

In collaboration with the exhibit, Fashion Merchandising and Design students worked on surface designing prosthetic legs (that were graciously donated by Springer Prosthetic & Orthotic Services) and submitted their work to a juried competition sponsored by Threads Fashion show and Michigan State University's department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The student's designs will be on display at the library for the exhibit.  Awards will be distributed to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners along with a viewer's choice award following the guest speaker.  

Then, at 8:00 pm, guests are invited to tour the grand opening of the (dis)ABLED BEAUTY exhibit. Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served.  

I hope that you will be able to attend and celebrate the evening with us.  If you have any questions, please let me know.