Chamiah Dewey: The Fashion Brand For People Of Short Stature
Chamiah Dewey is the UK’s first clothing brand for people with dwarfism and short stature, offering stylish, timeless pieces, made using eco-conscious fabrics.
Chamiah launched her brand in Mitcham in 2021, inspired by her work with people of short stature. She understands their day-to-day challenges, their setbacks, and their inbuilt resilience better than anyone.
Chamiah recognized the need for women of short stature to have stylish clothing options, and to feel confident and comfortable in their own skin. Armed with a BA in Fashion Design and Development, it was a no-brainer move.
Chamiah started out by sampling and measuring women with dwarfism, to create the world’s first Tailors Dummy; aiding in the development of women’s wear to create a range of fashionable, affordable, easily accessible, and sustainable women’s clothing collections.
Chamiah’s goal is to expand her brand, by offering stylish and fashionable clothing collections for men, and for women. As a part of her research, Chamiah conversed with many women of short stature who pointed out the lack of representation of their community in the mainstream media and magazines as a main reason for not being able to find fashionable options in the market.
To facilitate dialogue, along with her brand, Chamaih also developed Fashion Template Books, which addresses the need for wheelchair users and short-stature women.
Chamiah Dewey’s unique business was recognised by The Deusche Bank Awards (in collaboration with MeWe360) as one of five enterprises winning the Creative Entrepreneurs’ awards. Each winning enterprise will receive a prize fund of £60,000, along with a £100,000 value of bespoke mentorship to develop their vision and leadership skills via the MeWe360 Incubator.
“My plan is to open the World’s first adaptive department store. Think John Lewis, but filled with accessible, universally designed and adaptive garments, accessories, jewellery, makeup and home-wears, with lots of access-needs assistants on the shop floor, accessible displays, and routes around the building. To get there, I need support from both the short stature, disabled, and able-bodied markets,” said Chamiah.
Find out more here: https://chamiahdeweyfashion.com