Rebirth Garments Kickstarter Video

Rebirth Garments Kickstarter Video


I’m Sky Cubacub and I’m the creator of Rebirth Garments. Rebirth Garments is a line of clothing, wearables and accessories for the full spectrum of gender, size and ability. It’s all bright colors, it’s all geometric patterns and lines and well fitting cuts and things that show off your body or show off the parts of you that the fashion industry and society has been telling you that you have to hide. There is no standard size everything is just sized for human size. Fashion doesn’t accommodate all bodies, fashion doesn’t always accommodate all gender expressions… We’re together trying to solve this problem of fashion excluding people. There are so many identities put on to us by other people. It’s really important to feel out the ones that feel best to yourself So you aren’t just having other people putting identities on to you. I identify as queer, genderqueer and gender fluid. Also as crip with anxiety with panic disorders. I am a queer, Latinx, woman of color. I am also a person with a physical disability… I have a right leg amputation above the knee. I’m going back and forth between feeling masculine or feminine or feeling not gendered at all. It’s something that you put on to yourself to tell everyone else how you’re feeling. Or who you want to be that day. She said any models and shapes, sizes, forms,
any disabilities, seen and unseen. At the time it was like, “Hey, you’re plus size? Boy do I have a tent for you!” Sky was really good about helping me feel comfortable in what I was wearing. I just felt nothing but but positivity when working with her. As a woman of color there is almost this hyper-sexualization, as a person with disabilities there is almost this undermining of that sexualization. I began to understand my body as an act of resistance. When I wear things that are more revealing, That’s kind of my way of dismantling these very heteronormative able-bodied paradigms. Sky really is adamant about creating a place where QueerCrips can make things that are meaningful to them and then also work in a way that’s comfortable to them. The studio seems to be like a community hub for everyone Sky works with. They’ll just come through and do really important work for each other and collaborate. I’m learning as I get older that that’s where some of the best art happens. While there are garments for transgender folks and for people with disabilities, they are not adequate at all. It’s just completely medicalizing and pathologizing both
transgender folks and people with disabilities. They don’t make you feel like you are somebody who is to be celebrated. What Sky loves to do is making things specifically for a person. So the person really feels like, “This garment is me,
this garment is like a part of my skin, it’s part of who I am…” What she’s creating is not just gorgeous… it’s not just art… it’s not just something that you haven’t seen before… It’s also something to make people in our community
feel like they exist in a world where garments are made for them. I have Alopecia which is an autoimmune disease that makes your hair fall out and I had been wearing wigs. and having the idea of Sky’s headdresses really helped because… I was terrified to just go to school without a wig. But the headdresses allowed me to be seen how I wanted to be seen and kind of be in control of the change that I was making. I as a young person really wanted gender affirming garments. but I didn’t have access to them. A really big part of Rebirth is that I want it to be accessible to youth. When we value all humans, then the world will be better. Yeah. Then everything will solved!

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