Fashion blogger Emily Davison will be running a fashion stall at RLSB’s Future Exchange youth conference on November 30. Here she talks about her love of fashion and why she was inspired to set up her blog for vision impaired people Fashioneyesta.com.
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My name is Emily Davison. I am eighteen years old, and the Founder of fashioneyesta.com – an online Fashion and Lifestyle resource for blind and partially sighted people.
A little bit about myself
I am currently studying for a degree in English Literature at Goldsmiths University, London that I received a full scholarship for. I have lived in South East London my entire life. Naturally, I have been cultivated to know my way around markets, vintage shops, and where to find the best places on my home turf.
I’m also a journalist at the Huffington Post UK, a fashion correspondent alongside the RNIB’sInsight Radio and Able Radio, and work at my university as a paid student ambassador. I am working with charities on their fashion related projects, one of which is the Living Paintings Trust.
Fashion has always been a huge element of my life. Growing up, I was inspired by old Hollywood films and captivating style icons such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. The fashion houses, vintage stores and many delightful chic-lits inspired me to become more involved in the history and the beauty of fashion. By the time I was 14, my mother had bought me my first designer bag and then the rest is history.
I would describe my style as feminine with exotic flares, vintage twists and a lot of costume jewellery. I change my look depending on my mood; one day I may step out in an oriental inspired outfit, or another day I may wish to go full out vintage with victory rolls and a 1940s inspired tea dress.
Setting up my blog
Of course, you may be wondering why I set up the blog for visually impaired people. For one, I myself am visually impaired, I have a condition known as Septo Optic Dysplasia. The condition has disabled my optic nerves, leaving me with no sight in my right eye and ten percent central vision in my left. However, in the course of my life as I never allowed my disability to hinder my love for fashion.
Now, with my beautiful guide dog Unity in toe, I am out exploring the wide world and expanding my blog, which I hope will inspire other visually impaired people to explore fashion and find their own unique style.
The media has hypodermically projected an image that visually impaired people are aloof characters, sporting an anorak and dark glasses. This is a grossly unfair characterization and must to combated.
Fashioneyesta.com serves to present visually impaired people with the tools, the skills and the knowledge of fashion, beauty and style to enable them to use their remaining senses to gauge the world of fashion and to create their own unique style.
Fashion can be daunting for any person, regardless of vision. Clothing and personal appearance are key psychological factors to a person’s wellbeing. In the 1940s it was believed that a person must look their best to feel confidence, their confidence transmits itself to others around you and thus you are noticed.
Whether you are dressing for an occasion, are seeking fashion advice, or want to socialize, Fashioneyesta.com is there to help you in whatever way possible. I offer my readers a wider variety of activities and things to see, read and do. You can take part in polls, ask questions, or interact with others.
I conduct interviews with people in the fashion business to give my readers a fresh perspective to fashion. My most recent interview was with Bianca Turetsky the author of the Time Traveling Fashionista series.
At Fashioneyesta, which has been showcased on BBC 4’s In Touch radio, we have three people on board. Myself, Emily Davison, founder and female writer; Emma Davison, whom is in charge of photography and filming for the blogs images and videos; and for men there is Thomas Ankin whois the male contributor for the blog. Finally, we have a group of willing testers, who serve as the panelists on Fashioneyesta’s product testing days, where we review products on accessibility, ease of application, value for money and overall quality.
Fashioneyesta also offers a support service where you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries you may have in relation to fashion and lifestyle.
I welcome you to Fashioneyesta and hope that you enjoy reading and exploring everything it has to offer.
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