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"Clothes in Conversation": 10 impactful moments from the documentary

By True Colors Festival Team

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April 15, 2021

Clothes in Conversation asks the all-important question, “Is fashion for all?”.

The True Colors FASHION documentary, which premiered in March, captures the collaboration between fashion designers and diverse models, some accompanied by wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs. If you haven’t watched it yet, here are 10 impactful moments from the documentary that illustrate exactly why this is a must-watch.

Watch Clothes in Conversation, now streaming on YouTube.

1. “People have all sorts of bodies and I have this one.”

The designer Sari Takikawa talks body positivity with her model, chibiMOEKO, who has dwarfism.

2. “Human bodies also have angles, dents, and curves.”

Takikawa takes a moment to recognize the fact that human bodies are diverse.

3. “I never want people to see the bottom of my heart.”

In a compelling moment of vulnerability and honesty, the designer Koki Saito reveals his fear of being authentic with people.

4. “She was a lot brighter and more positive than I thought she would be.”

Daichi Tabata, the designer paired up with model Myu Ashihara, began with a certain perception and wasn’t expecting her to be the positive person she is.

5. “I compare myself to a mermaid because we both don’t have legs.”

“Like the mermaid who loses her voice in exchange for her legs, I lost my legs in exchange for my voice,” model Myu Ashihara tells Daichi Tabata, the designer she is paired up with.

6. “You see uniqueness as beauty.”

Designer Hana Yagi learns that her model, Makiko Sugawa, is an accomplished artist who illustrates her experience of being an amputee, bringing to it much femininity, whimsicality and beauty.

7. “Clothes may have had medicinal meaning.”

Fashion can heal but it must do better. Period.

8. “I was always thinking how to be inconspicuous.”

chibiMOEKO who has dwarfism describes how she was ashamed of her body as a child because people stared at her all the time. Her discovery and pursuit of burlesque dancing changed that. It made her feel seen and appreciated, and no longer embarrassed. “I feel alive,” she says.

9. “All words were invented by people to express feelings and thoughts.”

Choose affirmation and people-first language.

10. “We are all involved in our own uniqueness”

We learn that in Japan, the term “the involved” is conventionally used to describe people with disabilities. In the opening scenes, the producer Kao Kanamori explains that “every person is involved with something”, giving new meaning to the term “the involved” – one that involves all.

Watch the "Clothes in Conversation" documentary on YouTube

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True Colors Festival 2020/2021

True Colors Festival (TCF) presented by The Nippon Foundation is a series of performing arts events presented across geographies, in celebration of diversity and inclusion as “One World One Family.”

Through festivals since 2006 in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, and Japan, TCF has presented more than 1,100 performing artists from more than 30 countries and attracted more than 40,000 people.

The re-start of TCF 2020/2021 marks its commitment to tap on the power of the arts to connect artists and audiences in experiences such as music videos, film screenings, children’s programs, musicals, concerts, and workshops.

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