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Model with Down syndrome launches design label

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 01:26

Madeline Stuart debuts her own fashion collection at New York Fashion Week. Alicia Powell reports.

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Less than two years after making her runway debut, Madeline Stuart, a model with Down syndrome, launched her own fashion label at New York Fashion Week with a collection of sporty leggings, crop tops and skirts. The Australian-born model challenged fashion industry norms with her first catwalk appearance in 2015 and changed perceptions about people with Down syndrome. She hopes to do the same with her new label, 21 Reasons Why by Madeline Stuart. Wearing blue patterned leggings, Stuart kicked off the packed show that featured casual looks designed for comfort and ease. SOUNDBITE: Roseanne Stuart, Madeline's mother, manager and design collaborator, saying (English): "She has the final say for everything. She knows what she wants. She has Down syndrome, and she has an intellectual disability, but she does really know what she wants in the end." The collection's name is a nod to Stuart turning 21 this year and the extra copy of chromosome 21 that characteristic of Down syndrome. Stuart, whose speech is limited, wanted to be a model immediately after seeing her first fashion show in Australia. SOUNDBITE: Roseanne Stuart, Madeline's mother, manager and design collaborator, saying (English): "Is it the next step?" SOUNDBITE: Madeline Stuart, designer, saying (English): "Yes." SOUNDBITE: Roseanne Stuart, Madeline's mother, manager and design collaborator, saying (English): "You just always want more excitement?" SOUNDBITE: Madeline Stuart, designer, saying (English): "Yes." SOUNDBITE: Roseanne Stuart, Madeline's mother, manager and design collaborator, saying (English): "Just keep building and building?" SOUNDBITE: Madeline Stuart, designer, saying (English): "Yes." SOUNDBITE: Roseanne Stuart, Madeline's mother, manager and design collaborator, saying (English): "She is quite stylish, as far as the leggings, the crop tops, like any young woman is. So Madeline has always wanted to pick the best and the brightest. So one day I just said to her, 'Do you want to start doing your own?' And she said yes." The collection will be sold exclusively online.

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Model with Down syndrome launches design label

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 01:26