Model with Down Syndrome makes history on New York catwalk

The 30-year-old wore a black A-line Carrie Hammer dress for her groundbreaking appearance.

The outfit was a nod to her role on the dark Tv series American Horror Story.

Carrie Hammer chose the actress to appear in her show as part of her “Role Models not Runway Models” campaign.

The designer started the initiative in 2014 after being left disgruntled with having to use young models with body types that didn’t reflect those who would be wearing her designs.

Instead, Hammer invited friends and customers to wear her clothes on the catwalk.

Fans were treated to pre-show excitement with a tweet from the make-up artist’s chair and a glimpse of the catwalk rehearsal on instagram.

“It’s amazing, it’s really neat. Many women have many sides to their personality, this dress fits…mine,” she says. “I am honoured to be in it,” Brewer said ahead of her history-making runway walk.

It’s not the first time the designer has helped make history in the fashion world.

Last year’s NYFW show, saw doctor and sex therapist Danielle Sheypuk take to the runway in her wheelchair.

Hammer has also invited a transgender woman, racing car driver, a veteran and government workers to model her clothing.

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A Darker Eden

Fashion from Dunedin has a reputation for being gothic, dark, romantic, edgy and non-conformist. It’s the birthplace of some of New Zealand’s leading and innovative designers – NOM*d, Tanya Carlson and Mild Red. Zambesi’s Elisabeth Findlay also grew up there.

To celebrate the creative context of Dunedin fashion, the New Zealand Fashion Museum’s first exhibition of 2015, A Darker Eden: Fashion from Dunedin, opens at Silo 6, Silo Park, Auckland this Friday on February 13.

A Darker Eden: Fashion from Dunedin features three leading fashion labels of the south – NOM*d, Mild Red and Tanya Carlson. It also introduces 20 Dunedin alumni who are currently marking their mark in fashion – including Company of Strangers, Twenty-Seven Names, Maaike, Vaughan Geeson and Mushama & Me.

It investigates Dunedin’s neo-gothic and colonial architecture, university culture, colder climate and hilly harbour setting as influences that have long attracted writers, artists, musicians and poets, as well as fashion designers.

The exhibition runs until March 1, 2015 and entry by koha (donation).

Picture credit: Designer Kelsi Bennett. Photography Laura Bennett.

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