A Legacy in the World of Fashion
Seeing changes in legislation and buildings after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1991 helped lead Thomas to develop her Disability Fashion Styling System. With her writing and her work in fashion and styling, she hopes to plant a seed in someone’s life.
“In 20 years, when people think of me, I want them to say, ‘Wow, she used fashion as a tool to empower people with disabilities so that people are able to see them,’” Thomas says. "People will not see their deficiencies, but eye-to-eye as equals.”
Even though she doesn’t have “a million followers,” she still considers herself a tastemaker.
“If just one person can come to my site and have their life changed or get insight or build value, then I don't care if it never grows. I've done my job,” Thomas says. “I’ve been researching and talking about this for a long time. I now have the opportunity to see my efforts come to life.”
She is ultimately hoping for the day when there isn’t a need for a site such as Cur8able.
“I can’t wait for the day when fashion for the disabled is so commonplace that designers automatically think of disability when they think of designing shoes and clothing,” she says. “I hope, when people read my story, they redefine ‘impossible.’”