When I read the story behind Alivia, I instantly fell in love. The clothing line was inspired by the founders’ volunteer work. Each collection is created by transforming the artwork of young adults with disabilities into beautiful fabrics. This poppy print was created from artwork painted by William Choi, a 17 year old boy who has autism. When I received the dress, I was able to scan a barcode to learn more about Will’s story and see his original painting.
I’ve always considered painting to be a form of therapy. It’s gotten me through many dark times. So I was just so touched when I read how art therapy helped this young individual’s life… and how Alivia transformed that beauty into such a stunning dress. The brand also donates 10% of every purchase back to that creator’s nonprofit art therapy program. So this Grace dress goes back to the Center for All Abilities, where William does his art in NYC.
I paired the dress with my favorite white sneakers and my Sydne Summer navy face mask and colorful crystal mask necklace. Between thinking about the impact of the dress and how the fabric felt on my body, I couldn’t help but skip as I walked home from the store. I highly recommend checking out the other gorgeous pieces in Alivia’s current collection, and reading more about the stories behind the young individuals who created the prints.