COLLEEN KRATOFIL January 11, 2019 11:19 AM
One day a woman in the U.K. was shocked by the sight inside a bridal shop window, and it wasn’t only about the show-stopping gown. When artist Beth Wilson passed by The White Collection wedding dress shop in Portishead, North Somerset, she saw something she’s never seen before — a mannequin dressed in a wedding gown sitting in a wheelchair.
Wilson, who uses a wheelchair herself, shared a photo of the display on Twitter and it immediately went viral.
“The new wedding shop in town has a wheelchair using mannequin and it shouldn’t be exciting but it’s the first time I’ve ever seen disability portrayed in a shop window,” she wrote alongside a photo of the display, which featured an off-the-shoulder gown with sparkly pumps and greenery decorating the chair.
Right away, the Tweet garnered a ton of reaction, with users posting the many ways they were touched by the sight and shared their own personal experiences of shopping for a wedding dress in a wheelchair.
“As a recently engaged wheelchair user this bought tears to my eyes,” wrote one commenter. “I’ve put off looking at dresses because of the fear of it not working with my chair/ it not being the whole ‘say yes to the dress’ experience. The inclusivity here is amazing, but also sad I’m so shocked by it.”
Another commented, “My best friend is in a wheelchair and just recently got engaged. This is so awesome and is a huge deal! I shared your tweet with her and it made her so happy to see it. She loves the vines on the chair. Thank you for sharing this.”
Other users shared photos of similar displays. One shared a photo of a suit shop featuring a male mannequin in a wheelchair. “Tokyo! Spotted this fall and I was so excited I texted my bf.”
The bridal shop responded to all the attention in a lengthy Instagram post, explaining that they had no idea their display would garner so much attention.
“It has been a very full on but incredible couple of days here at TWC ❤️ When setting up this window display, we didn’t even think to share on our social media pages or ‘put it out there’ but it seems to have done just that all by itself! We would like to thank everyone for your kind comments about our window- we have been surrounded by so much love and positivity, which is what this industry is all about, right?!💕”