Stephanie Cadieux (left)

Stephanie Cadieux (left)

Stephanie Cadieux to model at Kwantlen fashion show

Minister of Children and Family Development to help model clothing line for women in wheelchairs designed by student Kaylyn MacKenzie.

Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux will be modelling a Kwantlen Polytechnic University student’s designs for women in wheelchairs at the university’s annual graduate fashion show, held at the River Rock Casino Resort on April 24.

For Kaylyn MacKenzie’s final project as a fourth-year KPU fashion design student, she set out to challenge the idea that adaptive apparel has to be out of style.

Her designs—which will be modelled in three back-to-back shows by Cadieux and her friends Kirsten Sharp, peer program coordinator for Spinal Cord Injury BC, and Teri Thorson, Rick Hansen Foundation ambassador—are based on the principle that disability has no limitations.

“With so few options for clothing that are up-to-date for those with disability, I decided to make my niche market female wheelchair users. Vancouver is very accommodating to those that live with occupational barriers in life, yet the only clothing lines available to those with disability are aimed at a mature market,” says MacKenzie, who believes that the ability to extend one’s personality through fashion should be available to everyone, in every situation.

Along with her peers in KPU’s fashion, design and technology program, MacKenzie was required to extensively research market demands, needs and niches in order to create her final collection. To develop YOU, MacKenzie met with Cadieux.

“Kaylyn really understands the unique challenges in finding clothes that work well and are comfortable when seated and wheeling,” says Cadieux.

MacKenzie’s inspiration for YOU came from her experience working with disabilities ranging from autism, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries and bariatric persons.

“This is clothing that takes me into consideration,” says Thorson. Sharp adds: “We’ve all heard the term ‘form and function’; Kaylyn brings this to a whole new level for the seated individual, while staying up to date with current fashion.”

“People need to realize that, for example, a wheelchair is only an extension of who that person is: it doesn’t make them who they are. Those without a disability need to look beyond what we like to think is a barrier. People with disabilities live every day the same as you and I,” says MacKenzie.

The Show will showcase 37 emerging designers, each with a unique fashion line.

The runway outfits range in style and audience, with fashions for men, women, children and tweens; athletics, travellers and professionals. The Show will feature lingerie, lounge-wear, beach-wear, and outer-wear for the street and for motorcyclists, as well as fashionable clothing designed specifically for people in wheelchairs, the eco-conscious and those preparing for the zombie apocalypse.

The students—who are organizing the event in collaboration with other students, KPU faculty and staff, and industry experts—will display their garments in three back-to-back shows on April 24 at the River Rock Casino and Show Theatre in Richmond.

Tickets for The Show start at $18. For more information about the event, visit:

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Naomi Morrisseau and daughter Genesis Reign-Soldat. (Surrey RCMP photo)
Surrey mom and young daughter found and are safe, police say

Naomi Morrisseau and her daughter Genesis Reign-Soldat, age 3, had been reported missing in Whalley

File photo
Surrey RCMP arrest local man accused of threatening Councillor Jack Hundial, prime minister

Hundial said he received a death threat ‘that basically said to put a bullet in me’

Ramona Kaptyn. (Submitted photo)
Ramona Kaptyn to run as Surrey Connect candidate in next election

South Surrey resident joins Couns. Brenda Locke and Jack Hundial as the slate’s third candidate

White Rock Whalers head coach Jason Rogers (centre) along with other members of the team show off their whale-tail-inspired moustaches in support of Movember. (Photo courtesy of White Rock Whalers)
White Rock Whalers raise thousands through Movember campaign

Junior ‘B’ hockey team fundraising for men’s health initiatives

White Rock council is narrowing the scope of the current White Rock Official Community Plan review to focus on building heights in the city, in keeping with the mandate it received in the 2018 municipal election. (File photo)
White Rock council to renew focus on limiting building heights

OCP review modified to reflect 2018 election mandate

A man wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of COVID-19 walks in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. records deadliest day of pandemic with 13 deaths, 738 new COVID-19 cases

Number of people in hospital is nearing 300, while total cases near 30,000

The online poster for Joel Goddard, who left his Willoughby home Nov. 10, 2020, has been updated by his family and friends who received word that he’s been found.
Langley man missing since Nov. 10 found alive and safe in Abbotsford

Family of the Willoughby area man had been searching for days. Police find him at Abbotsford Airport

A UBC study recommends an multi-government investment of $381 million to protect 102 species at risk in the Fraser River estuary. (Photo supplied by Yuri Choufour)
102 Fraser River estuary species at risk of extinction, researchers warn

UBC team develops $381-million strategy to combat crisis, boost economy

FILE – A paramedic holds a test tube containing a blood sample during an antibody testing program at the Hollymore Ambulance Hub, in Birmingham, England, on Friday, June 5, 2020. (Simon Dawson/Pool via AP)
Want to know if you’ve had COVID-19? LifeLabs is offering an antibody test

Test costs $75 and is available in B.C. and Ontario

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

The grey region of this chart shows the growth of untraced infection, due to lack of information on potential sources. With added staff and reorganization, the gap is stabilized, Dr. Bonnie Henry says. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. adjusts COVID-19 tracing to keep up with surging cases

People now notified of test results by text message

Construction cranes tower above condos under construction near southeast False Creek in Vancouver on February 9, 2020. A study from Canada Mortgage Housing Corp. says over 11,000 condos were added to the housing supply pool in Metro Vancouver last year, spurred in part by taxes on empty homes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vacancy taxes put more rental condos in Metro Vancouver market: CMHC study

Vancouver council voted to increase empty homes tax from 1.25 per cent to three per cent for next year

Most Read