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Rebirth Garments is a line of gender non-conforming lingerie and clothing for people on the full spectrum of gender, size, and ability.
Rebirth Garments is a line of gender non-conforming lingerie and clothing for people on the full spectrum of gender, size, and ability.
445 backers pledged $27,884 to help bring this project to life.

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Rebirth Garments are gender non-conforming wearables and accessories for people on the full spectrum of gender, size, and ability.

Photo by: Kiam Marcelo Junio
Photo by: Kiam Marcelo Junio

Every piece is sewn or made by hand, and all are custom designed and tailored to your exact specifications with no standard sizes.

We are focused on the needs of the Trans* and Genderqueer communities and making designs to accommodate people with disabilities. These communities have very particular clothing needs that are not adequately served by mainstream clothing designers.

We are an established company with a strong following on Etsy and would like to use this Kickstarter to expand our brand and the scope of our business. 

Please watch our video to hear from creator Sky Cubacub and numerous Rebirth Garments collaborators and models about the project. Captions are available via the CC button in the top right corner of the video. FLASH WARNING: Flashing colors are in this video from 0:20-0:23.

Image Description: Interviews with Rebirth Garments creator Sky Cubacub and their collaborators, interspersed with footage of Rebirth Garments' fashion shows, where folks of many different sizes, abilities, racial identities, and genders dance together, sporting bright, multi patterned custom made outfits and makeup. The super colorful, glittery fashion show scenes are choreographed like a giant dance party, with models dancing in circles, exchanging hugs, and celebrating visibility, in a way that reflects the energy and fluidity of the fashion line's aesthetic.

  • Rebirth Garments show at Queer Fashion Week 2016 
  • Subsidized gender-affirming garments for youth
  • A fund for accessible garments for people in need
  • Prototypes for more accessible outfits for people with disabilities 
  • The development of the Radical Visibility Zine
  • A collaborator to assist with patterning, garment construction, and sewing 
  • A collaborator to arrange performances and schedules, manage graphic design, web development, photography, video production and social media
  • An industrial Serger sewing machine 
  • A desktop computer for video, music, photography, and graphics editing
  • An accessible bathroom for the Rebirth Garments studio 

 See the listings on the right for full details! 

 Handkerchief Designs! 

Design by Nina Litoff; Drawings by Sky Cubacub
Design by Nina Litoff; Drawings by Sky Cubacub

 

Design by Nina Litoff; Drawings by Sky Cubacub
Design by Nina Litoff; Drawings by Sky Cubacub

 

Photo by: Kiam Marcelo Junio
Photo by: Kiam Marcelo Junio

"I first dreamed of this collection when I was in high school and couldn’t find a place where I could buy a binder as a person who was under 18, so I’m especially interested in Rebirth Garments being accessible to Queer/Crip youth. Currently, I’m working on a program for making free/low cost gender affirming undergarments for people in need. I would like to organize a fund to make my garments more accessible to trans* and disabled folks globally. 

I have an interest in making invisible disability visible. I live with a chronic stomach disorder and panic and anxiety disorders that are not immediately apparent to everyone. The gift of being self-employed allows me to make adjustments in my working schedule to accommodate my physical needs, and I want my business to be accommodating to the physical and mental health needs of my collaborators. I am striving to build a community that I hope will become common practice worldwide." 

Our goal is to create a community where all people can confidently express their individuality and identity. Identity is a central part of everyone’s lives and is a key part of how people feel and express themselves.

Rebirth Garments wants people to feel comfortable and empowered in their bodies. We revolt against mainstream fashion that reinforces gender roles and body shaming.

Rebirth Garments have the power to give you the confidence and strength to feel comfortable in your first skin.

Design by Sky Cubacub; Digital Drawing by Nina Litoff
Design by Sky Cubacub; Digital Drawing by Nina Litoff

We maintain the notion of Radical Visibility, a movement based on claiming our bodies and, through the use of bright colors, exuberant fabrics, and innovative designs, highlighting the parts of us that society typically shuns. Through Radical Visibility, we refuse to assimilate and can create a QueerCrip dress reform movement.

Photo by: Ji Yang
Photo by: Ji Yang

Our identity is that of QueerCrip, a politicized umbrella term that encompasses queer, gender nonconforming identities, and visible and invisible disabilities/disorders—physical, mental, developmental, emotional ect. Much like you can “come out” as queer, you can also “come out” as crip. Even if you have an obvious/visible disability, you may not identify as crip, just like gay or lesbian people may not identify as queer.

To show the full range and movement of Rebirth Garments we DANCE. Dancing unabashedly flaunts the freedom and movement Rebirth Garments gives and highlights how every body moves in it’s own unique way.

Our models are often artistic collaborators, political activists, and people identifying on various spectrums of queerness and ability. Rebirth Garments chooses models with as diverse and varied bodies and identities as possible, and we want to encourage the same for others in the fashion industry.

 

 

 

The Radical Visibility Zine is an online magazine for QueerCrip teens to provide guidance and mentoring. QueerCrip teens will be contributors to the magazine, helping to tell coming of age stories, give tips and share struggles. The first issue will be created and printed in a limited run just for Kickstarter backers!

Photo by: Grace DuVal
Photo by: Grace DuVal

 

 

 

 

           

Risks and challenges

Everything is handmade either by Sky or by a small number of collaborators, so if we are inundated with orders it may take longer than expected to fill all of them.

However, Rebirth Garments is an established business and our clothing is already in production so there are no manufacturing costs or delays anticipated.

Fabric styles and colors may become unavailable from our supplier and so might change the desired look of some garments.

Due to scheduling conflicts, performances may not be available when requested. Please plan as far in advance as possible!

Custom sizing may not be correct if our team is not provided with accurate measurements and descriptions of desired fit. Please be as thorough as possible with all fit instructions. No returns or exchanges are available.

International orders could face delays due to unforeseen holdups with customs or shipping.

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    Bobbin Buddy

    A personal thank you email from Rebirth Garments creator Sky Cubacub with a PDF of a printable "REBIRTHDAY" hat and a PDF of the original Radical Visibility Manifesto.

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    Button Beau

    Set of 3 color pinback buttons featuring the Rebirth Garments logo, the QueerCrip symbol, and the Radical Visibility symbol.

    A handwritten thank you card from Rebirth Garments creator Sky Cubacub.

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    Patch Prince/ss

    Two sewable patches made from custom digitally printed cotton fabric! One patch with the QueerCrip logo and one with the Radical Visibility symbol.

    A handwritten thank you card from Rebirth Garments creator Sky Cubacub.

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    Zine Star

    A copy of the Radical Visibility Zine signed by Rebirth Garments creator Sky Cubacub with a handwritten thank you card.

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    Hanky Hero Blue

    Wear your Radical Visibility with pride with a custom designed Rebirth Garments hanky! Made with custom digitally printed cotton fabric.

    A handwritten thank you card from Rebirth Garments creator Sky Cubacub.

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    Hanky Hero Pink

    Wear your Radical Visibility with pride with a custom designed Rebirth Garments hanky! Made with custom digitally printed cotton fabric.

    A handwritten thank you card from Rebirth Garments creator Sky Cubacub.

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    Aluminum Adventurer

    A black-dipped-in-brass chainmaille bracelet. Each ring is opened and closed by hand!

    A handwritten thank you card from Rebirth Garments creator Sky Cubacub.

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    Beanie Babe

    Celebrate genderqueer identity with a hand-knit THEY beanie! Designed and hand-knit by Rebirth Garments collaborator Charles Myers. Black acrylic yarn background with neon pink acrylic yarn lettering.

    A handwritten thank you card from Rebirth Garments creator Sky Cubacub.

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    Spandex Superstar!

    The classic Rebirth Garments simple binder in your favorite colors made to your measurements and binding needs!

    Set of 3 color pinback buttons featuring the Rebirth Garments logo, the QueerCrip symbol, and the Radical Visibility symbol.

    A handwritten thank you card from Rebirth Garments creator Sky Cubacub.

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    Spandex Superstar Shorts!

    A cute pair of Rebirth Garments booty shorts in your favorite colors made to your measurements (tucking options available)!

    Set of 3 color pinback buttons featuring the Rebirth Garments logo, the QueerCrip symbol, and the Radical Visibility symbol.

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    Jumpring Ringleader

    A black-dipped-in-brass chainmaille necklace. Each ring is open and closed by hand!

    A handwritten thank you card from Rebirth Garments creator Sky Cubacub.

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    Sporty Supporter

    A Rebirth Garments sports binder/bra in your favorite colors made to your measurements and binding needs!

    Set of 3 color pinback buttons featuring the Rebirth Garments logo, the QueerCrip symbol, and the Radical Visibility symbol.

    A handwritten thank you card from Rebirth Garments creator Sky Cubacub.

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    Sporty Shorts Supporter

    Rebirth Garments boxer briefs/dance shorts in your favorite colors made to your measurements (packing option available)!

    Set of 3 color pinback buttons featuring the Rebirth Garments logo, the QueerCrip symbol, and the Radical Visibility symbol.

    A handwritten thank you card from Rebirth Garments creator Sky Cubacub.

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    Trans* Justice Voyager

    Help A Trans* Person In Need!

    You get a Rebirth Garments sports binder/bra in your favorite colors made to your measurements and binding needs *PLUS* Rebirth Garments will donate a custom simple binder to Chicago organizations working to provide safe havens and health services for Trans* youth.

    Set of 3 color pinback buttons featuring the Rebirth Garments logo, the QueerCrip symbol, and the Radical Visibility symbol.

    A handwritten thank you card from Rebirth Garments creator Sky Cubacub.

    [NOTE: Instead, you can exchange all of your rewards to help Trans* youth in need and Rebirth Garments will donate 3 simple binders to Queer youth. You will receive a handwritten thank you card from Rebirth Garments creator Sky Cubacub.]

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    Lingerie LQQks Leader

    A custom Rebirth Garments lingerie/clothing item of your choice designed and made especially for you!

    Set of 3 color pinback buttons featuring the Rebirth Garments logo, the QueerCrip symbol, and the Radical Visibility symbol.

    A handwritten thank you card from Rebirth Garments creator Sky Cubacub.

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    Custom Qween

    A personal fitting with Rebirth Garments creator Sky Cubacub for a custom Rebirth Garments lingerie or clothing set designed and made especially for you! A set can consist of a lingerie or clothing "top" and "bottom" or a set of binders or bras in different colors.

    The Rebirth Garments Studio is located in Chicago, IL, and is available for personal fittings, or Sky can conduct a fitting over Skype.

    Travel to Chicago not included.

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    Queer/Crip Defender

    Help Trans* People in Need!

    A personal fitting with Rebirth Garments creator Sky Cubacub for a custom two piece Rebirth Garments set designed and made especially for you *PLUS* Rebirth Garments will donate a fitting for custom outfit for a Queer/Crip in need!

    The Rebirth Garments Studio is located in Chicago, IL, and is available for personal fittings, or Sky can conduct a fitting over Skype.

    Travel to Chicago not included.

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    Chainmaille Champion

    A one of a kind wearable chainmaille sculpture, custom designed and handmade for you by Sky Cubacub!

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    Gender Warrior

    A one-of-a-kind Rebirth Garments performance in your city! You get up to five custom outfits made for you and/or your friends to keep. Up to 10 additional people can model borrowed Rebirth Garments outfits.

    Models can include you and your friends or Rebirth Garments can arrange to find models.

    The performance can be part of a larger exhibition or event for an organization, institution, gallery, or venue or it can be for a private party!

    (U.S. only)

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    International Gender Warrior

    A one-of a kind Rebirth Garments performance in your city! You get up to five custom outfits made for you and/or your friends to keep. Up to 10 additional people can model borrowed Rebirth Garments outfits.

    Models can include you and your friends or Rebirth Garments can arrange to find models.

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