Fashion displays put spotlight on people with disability

Sisters Reese and Emily J Prior with Lakeside Joondalup centre manager Gemma Hannigan and one of their re-styled display cabinets.
Sisters Reese and Emily J Prior with Lakeside Joondalup centre manager Gemma Hannigan and one of their re-styled display cabinets.

SISTERS Emily J and Reese Prior have brought their fashion flair to Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City to re-style two of its display cabinets in a bid to put a spotlight on International Day of People with Disability.

Styled in collaboration with the Ability Centre, the cabinets were unveiled today – one on the first floor of the Fashion Mall and the other on the ground floor of Myer Centre Court – and will feature until December 17.

They include mannequins of all abilities while showcasing clothing from participating retailers.

Emily J and Reese, who were both diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, are budding stylists and accepted the Ability Centre’s invitation to work with Lakeside Joondalup on the project.

Emily J has also modelled for brands including Target and Betts Kids and said she wanted to have a say in how people with disabilities like her are portrayed from the behind the camera.

“When I read magazines and catalogues, I don’t often see young girls that represent me or disability, so having a part in changing that is really important to me,” she said.

“I love styling looks every day on my Instagram account, so getting the opportunity to style something for the shops was an opportunity I couldn’t refuse.”

Lakeside Joondalup centre manager Gemma Hannigan said they were “very lucky” to be part of the initiative and to “deliver a different perspective on how we showcase some of our retailers clothing and accessories”.

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