Feature Writer Alena Roberts – Think a Blind Man Can’t Be a Fashion Designer? Think Again

A few weeks ago I brought you the story of Joe Engressia, a man who inspired children despite having a terrible childhood. This week I came across a story that is just as inspiring. Mason Ewing, who has been blind since the age of 15 is already a successful fashion designer in Paris, and now wants to take his talent to TV and film.

Mason was born in Cameroon to a Cameroonian mother and an American father. When he was still young, they moved to France where his life quickly turned for the worse. After losing his mother at the age of 4, he was sent to live with relatives. Sadly his Aunt and Uncle were extremely abusive, and after being repeatedly bashed in the head, he suffered a seizure that left him blind. While in college, he decided to study physical therapy, but he chose to change his focus to fashion because his mother was a fashion designer.

His designs range from braille lettered t-shirts to elegant evening gowns. He sometimes has a hard time describing what he’s seeing in his mind, but he’s found that his blindness has helped him to create beautiful and tactile creations that incorporate many different types of fabric. In 2006, he had his first fashion show, and since then he’s created a series of t-shirts that feature baby Madison. Baby Madison is a multi-ethnic child with dark skin, blue eyes, and blond hair who represents love and tolerance. In braille, each shirt describes the color of the shirt and the image of Madison. Mason is now working on a TV series that will feature baby Madison.

To learn more about Mason Ewing’s story visit this link: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-blind-designer-20120423,0,2189139.story

To keep track of Mason and his projects, visit his Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ewing-Corporation/223328024378803

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