Designer with a disability creates adaptive clothing line for kids


You may not know it, but Columbus is considered a powerhouse in the fashion industry.

A handful of up-and-comers, ready to break in, will show off their collections Friday in the Columbus College of Art and Design's annual fashion show.

It may seem unlikely that one designer followed this career path; her challenge became her inspiration.

Chelsea Funk was born without a lower left arm or hand. Getting dressed and finding clothes that fit her disability was difficult.

She made it her mission to help others who are wardrobe challenged.

She designed an adaptive clothing line for disabled children. She plans to turn her collection into a business in the future.

“To dedicate what I learned here to everybody like me who’s different and feels like they’ve been left out by the industry,” said Funk.

The CCAD Fashion Show is at the Greater Columbus Convention Center Friday. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available until midnight. For more information, click here.