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10th Annual Fashion Show for All Abilities

Friday, April 22, 2016: 6:00 - 8:00 PM, doors open at 5:15 PM
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Ballroom

Anthony Gartner's Flickr page highlighting the 2015 show

For volunteer opportunities or to learn more about participating as a model or a retailer partner, please contact Rachel Weingarten:

Tickets: $5 per person, available at the door
(Children 7 and under are free)

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Origins: Chantel’s story

The Fashion Show began in 2007 as a community awareness event: To promote accessibility and respect for all persons, including people with intellectual and physical differences, in a retail setting. The scope of this Fashion Show has grown by leaps and bounds since then. With this event, we hope to change attitudes, promote inclusion, and grow self-esteem and confidence in the models themselves. Models in the fashion show come from every walk of life, and models with and without labeled "disabilities" are encouraged to participate.

The idea behind the Fashion Show for All Abilities came from a young woman named Chantel Brown who had wanted to be a model from a young age. Early on, Chantel developed portfolios to showcase her talent and abilities. Several years ago, she suffered an anoxic brain injury.  She now relies on a wheelchair to get around – and she hasn’t let this stop her from pursuing her dream. In 2007, Chantel rallied help from her friends, loved ones, and the Waisman Center to organize the first ever Fashion Show for All Abilities in Madison.


The Waisman Center continues to organize the show each year. In the past eight years, 300 men, women, and children of all ages and abilities have been given a chance to experience a taste of Chantel’s dream. These models have worked with over 70 retail outlets, and met with countless salespersons, stylists, photographers, media, volunteers, and other community members. We hope to continue providing this amazing opportunity to more individuals for many years to come. For many models, this event is one of the major highlights of the year.

With an audience of up to 500 people each year, we hope that this event will reach a broad range of people to change attitudes and support inclusion in the community.

Emcees: Jonathan Suttin, Triple M Radio and Rachel Friedman, DCHS

DJ: Lasisi Ibrahim

Anthony Gartner
Tapan Shah
David James Photography
Jo Scheder


Paul Mitchell Schools

Anaala Salon and Spa, Atwood
Bonnie Johnson
Kenzie Tway

Participating Retailers:

Banana Republic              
W Towne Mall, Madison, WI

Boomerangs Resale Store
1133 N. Sherman Avenue, Madison, WI

Boston Store     
36 West Towne Mall, Madison, WI

Capitol Kids
8 S Carroll St, Madison, WI

Catherines Plus Sizes
7429 Mineral Point Rd, Madison, WI

1651 Deming Way Ste. 102, Middleton, WI

141 E Towne Mall, Madison, WI

Eddie Bauer       
49 West Towne Mall, Madison, WI


Farm & Fleet     
600 Hometown Circle, Verona, WI

Gap Kids
56 West Towne Mall, Madison, WI

58 West Towne Mall, Madison, WI

Goodwill Industries        
Locations throughout South Central Wisconsin

LuAnders Boutique        
7432 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI

Marshalls Store
1700 Deming Way Ste 106, Middleton, WI
2117 Zeier Rd, East Towne Plaza, Madison WI

138 E Towne Mall, Madison, WI
1621 Deming Way Ste 106, Middleton, WI

Men's Wearhouse          
7874 Mineral Point Rd, Madison, WI

Moments to Cherish
303 E Verona Ave, Verona WI

Nedrebo's Formal Wear               
5237 Verona Road, Madison, WI

1823 Parmenter St, Middleton, WI

Old Navy
239 Junction Road, Madison, WI

1650 Deming Way, Middleton, WI

6664 Odana Road, Madison, WI

7401 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI
2201 Zeier Road, Madison, WI
2101 West Broadway, Monona, WI

Simply Savvy     
6333 University Ave., Suite 102, Middleton, WI

St. Vincent dePaul Stores            
1309 Williamson Street, Madison, WI

Suzen Sez
2421 University Ave, Madison, WI

47 E Towne Mall, Madison, WI

Velvet Button
1925 Monroe St, Madison WI

Event Coordination

UW – Madison Waisman Center
Community Training and Consultation Program
Rachel Weingarten, Coordinator

Community Training and Consultation is funded by Dane County Human Services

Planning Committee

Chantel Brown, Jacquie Piraino, Kathy Dauck, and Rachel Weingarten

Contact: Rachel Weingarten, UW–Madison Waisman Center UCEDD
Email: | Phone: (608) 890-0777