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Arthritis Society Canada sets the fashion industry ablaze with Fashion on Fire

This past Wednesday, Arthritis Society Canada hosted more than 450 guests at its third annual Fashion on Fire in Toronto, shining a light on the crucial need for more adaptive clothing in mainstream fashion and changing the narrative about the devasting effects of arthritis, a chronic and incurable disease. 

Emceed by TV host and on-air style expert, Mana Mansour, the one-of-a-kind runway show featured fashion-forward pieces modelled by arthritis warriors and caregivers for people living with arthritis. Featured designers included Amanda Maria, Freda’s and David Dixon, each of whom presented arthritis-friendly collections under the theme of “A Day in the Life”, including Day Wear, Work Wear and Evening Wear, respectively. Not only were all items modern and stylish, but they each prioritized comfort and ease of wear, proving that fashion can be inclusive without sacrificing elegance. 

“Fashion is a powerful means of self-expression and a way for individuals to showcase their unique personality and creativity. However, for individuals living with restricted mobility due to arthritis, many are faced with a lack of accessible and inclusive clothing options,” said Trish Barbato, president and CEO of Arthritis Society Canada. “At Fashion on Fire, we’re advocating for more accessible fashion so everyone can feel empowered by their clothing choices, regardless of their physical limitations.”

Additional highlights of the evening included an elevated cocktail reception featuring passed canapes from Oliver & Bonacini, complimentary hand massages by Massage Addict, a dazzling performance by drag performer and Canada’s Drag Race contestant, Miss Moço, and a special appearance from members of Juno-winning vocal group and Arthritis Society Canada’s ambassadors, The Tenors. 

As the night concluded, it was clear that Fashion on Fire left a lasting impression on all who attended. The event showcased not only the beauty of fashion but also the resilience and strength of individuals living with arthritis, demonstrating the powerful intersection of fashion and inclusivity. 

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About Arthritis Society Canada
Arthritis Society Canada represents the six million people in Canada living with arthritis today, and the millions more who are impacted or at risk. Fueled by the trust and support of our donors and volunteers, Arthritis Society Canada is fighting arthritis with research, advocacy, innovation, information and support. We are Canada’s largest charitable funder of cutting-edge arthritis research. We will not give up our efforts until everyone is free from the agony of arthritis. Arthritis Society Canada is accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, visit    

Media Contact:
Jenny Ng
Senior Manager, Public Relations & Media
Arthritis Society Canada

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