The Guardian

‘Ethereally beautiful work’ … partially sighted artist Bianca Raffaella at TEAR.

Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian

2020 A/W


Featured in the biannual fashion magazine Atelier's inaugural issue "SURMOUNT"

My work symbolises femininity, strength and overcoming adversity, whilst adapting to the visual arts in a sighted world.

Despite having very little sight, I am able to get really close to my work on paper and define the fluid lines. I work with both strong and delicate shapes, using water-soluble pencils, which blur and diffuse my drawn lines.

The work attempts to show, what and how I see in fashion and how I relate to fashion imagery and design. 

I try to capture the moment, personality and identity of the subjects in my fashion drawings. As it is essential to show the extraordinary, spirit and individuality in women’s fashion. 


Royal Society for Blind Children

Can a blind person be a fashion designer?


Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Braille is the new black

Dainty, complex stitching, the precise hanging of fabric, wielding sharp scissors - all things that are necessary in the world of fashion design and tailoring. You might think that for a blind and partially sighted person, access to this world would be nigh impossible. But this young member of the sight loss community has done just that.


Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD)

Bianca von Stempel, an FAD finalist who is visually impaired, was put forward for the Sophie Hallette Lace Award for her feminine collection inspired by the way she sees the world. Bianca’s work was made from sheer and mottled fabrics such as organza and lace in muted colours to create a blurred effect.


SW Londoner

Visually-impaired Kingston fashion student recognised for stunning braille-inspired collection

A visually-impaired Kingston University student who unveiled her unique collection at Graduate Fashion Week last week has been shortlisted for two prestigious student fashion awards.

SW Londoner

Media with text

Visually impaired fashion student makes waves with braille-inspired collection at Graduate Fashion Week


The Guardian

Graduate fashion week 25 years later: why it's still relevant


Kingston University

Visually impaired Kingston University fashion student Bianca Von Stempel makes waves with braille-inspired Graduate Fashion Week collection

A visually impaired young designer from Kingston University has been shortlisted for a coveted award after impressing industry experts with her womenswear collection during Graduate Fashion Week. Bianca Von Stempel, whose garments are inspired by the way she sees the world, was one of 22 final year BA(Hons) Fashion students who unveiled their looks on the runway at the Old Truman Brewery in east London as part of Kingston University's show.


The Huffington Post

The Fashion Designer Who's Bringing Visual Impairment Into the Fashion Industry


Kingston University

London Fashion Week (LFW)

Visually impaired fashion student brings braille together with couture to create graduate collection


The River | Kingston University’s student newspaper

The fashion visionary