Art Beyond Sight Lab for Learning and the New York Institute for Special Education in New York City teamed up to offer a group of teens who are blind or visually impaired a unique opportunity to discover their inner fashionistas. In this afterschool program, held over four weeks in March and early April 2011, students discussed how their fashion choices reflect their personality, and effect their ability to “fit in” and their self-confidence; they debated the importance of first impressions and social skills appropriate for a variety of social situations. Students also wrote personal style statements based on their “Dream Night Out” with a favorite celebrity or hero.
Students met with Bloomingdales' personal shoppers to select outfits that reflect their personal style, based on their written statements. They presented their choices and their personal style statements in a showcase at an event at the Central Park Boathouse in early April.