A Leamington mum-of-two whose Lady Gaga-inspired train ticket dress featured in the Courier last summer has now created the world’s first designer dress made especially for wheelchair users.
Aleah Leigh used 3,500 train tickets to make the outfit for London Paralympian athlete Anne Wafula-Strike MBE (pictured) to raise awarness of polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS).
Anne, who contracted polio when she was two and is an ambassador of the British Polio Fellowship, said: “Just because you use a wheelchair, it doesn’t mean you can’t be sexy and glamorous and this designer dress is a great way to get that message across. It was a wonderful, liberating feeling to turn a few heads today and challenge some misconceptions about disability, polio and PPS along the way.”
Aleah, who took 21 days to make the dress - which was designed around Anne’s wheelchair, said: “Making a dress out of train tickets was a challenge, but one I have thoroughly enjoyed.”