In Tirana, Albania, deaf students of all ages created numerous drawings. But instead of taking them home or displaying them in the classroom, they were collected by someone unexpected.
Gentian Minga — editor-in-chief of Albanian magazine Living — and fashion designer Mirela Nurce collected these drawings and created an entire fashion line using the kids’ drawings as prints on the dresses, blouses, bags, and umbrellas.
There’s an idea that fashion has to have a chic, grown-up aesthetic to be taken seriously — but these bright, vibrant prints created by the students show that a childhood touch has a serious creative edge, and the uninhibited creativity of kids is something adults everywhere could take a cue from.
And then, on December 3 — which the U.N. declared the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 2013 — they held a fashion show.
Well-known Albanian models appeared to show off the fashions, and walked down the runway with their designers, the students.
Check out the event — and the fashions — below, and pick out your favorite. And if you have a favorite piece of art from your kids, consider getting it printed onto a shirt. Then you can share it with the world!
Photos by Armand Habazaj, Arbnor Allaraj, Andi Allko, Elton Braja