Rebirth Garments Performance on October 24
for WERQ: Embodying Queer Spirit
At Gallery 400
Rebirth Garments are custom made gender non-conforming lingerie, wearables and accessories for people on the full spectrum of gender, size and ability.
Radical Visibility: A QueerCrip Dress Reform Movement Manifesto
I am a QPOC from Chicago with life long anxiety and panic disorders. I view everyday as a performance where I bring my body as a kinetic sculpture into the consciousness of the people I interact with in passing and on a daily basis. Through chainmaille, I have found my patience. I was always interested in the strength that chainmaille suggests. I have been building myself this armor or protection, not against harm exactly, but as a way to give me courage. Visibility is an important factor in my personal work, which has forced me to get over my shyness. I never have to go up to people; they will always come up to me. My chainmaille is prosthesis for the communication of my inner world. My body, my identity and my prosthesis are one cohesive being.
Rebirth Garments is my soft armor. My collection challenges mainstream beauty standards, sizeist/ ableist notions and the gender binary. Clothing, especially the foundation garment is the closest thing to your skin, it is your second skin; it changes the way you hold yourself. I consider it armor because it has the power to give you the confidence and strength to feel comfortable in your first skin.
Society wants us to be invisible and not draw attention to ourselves, and this is reflected through the clothing options that are available for people with disabilities and undergarments for trans* folks. I believe a simple yet effective way to combat this invisibility cloak is by refusing to assimilate through a dress reform movement. I would like to suggest a new, politically forceful aesthetic style called “Radical Visibility”. Physical visibility is an important step towards political and social freedom and equality.
Historically the needs of our QueerCrip communities have condemned us to wearing clothes that only partially satisfy our needs but are also unattractive and stigmatizing. Through Rebirth Garments, I hope to provide an option that truly fulfills all of our needs because feeling confident in one’s outward appearance can revolutionize one’s emotional reality.
for the whole manifesto go to radicalvisibility.wordpress.com