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Rebirth Garments Fashion Performance & Talk-Back
October 6, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sky Cubacub is the founder of Rebirth Garments. The line focuses on QueerCrip fashion- a politicized umbrella term that encompasses queer, gender nonconforming identities, visible and invisible disabilities/ disorders—physical, mental, developmental, emotional ect.
The event will feature a fashion show with local models, and an opportunity to discuss Sky’s QueerCrip Dress Reform Movement manifesto.
Excerpts from Queercrip Dress Reform Movement Manifesto
by Sky Cubacub
When a part of your physical appearance dominates all others, it becomes you. Your identity is that thing. You are then automatically objectified. It has the bling sensibility- it adds information about your “identity” which may or may not be true to the outside viewer.[…]The way people dress and the way society expects people to dress is a direct reflection of their position in society.
There are many connections between how women, people of color, queer/trans* people, and people with disabilities are treated today. Dress restrictions, treatment as perpetual children, the objectification of their bodies, the idea that their sexuality is wrong/deviant or shouldn’t exist, and pathologizing are just a few dehumanizers that all of our communities have and are currently experiencing. While women, people of color, and gays/lesbians have gained visibility and therefore more respect in the past 100 years, society still has these pathologizing ideas underlying it and they continue to be treated as less than equal. Trans* people are just starting to gain some visibility in the past couple years, while people with disabilities remain completely invisible in society.
Both the disabled and trans* communities have very particular clothing needs that are not adequately served by mainstream clothing designers, not because of governmental laws against dress rights, but due to society not valuing our communities and masking that by this “general assumption” that they are “too small” of a population to bother having clothing designed specifically for them.
The current situation for trans* undergarments and for people with disabilities is that we shouldn’t be stylish, because we should “want to blend in” A.K.A. society wants us to be invisible and not draw attention to ourselves. […]I believe a simple yet effective way to combat this invisibility cloak that society has put over our communities 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. Women’s rights are instructive to me in the way the suffragettes used dress as a political statements and a way to subvert and gain respect. We have learned from the past successes of oppressed peoples and should actively adapt those techniques to fit our needs as oppressed people today.
I am using Radical Visibility as a call to action to dress in order to not be ignored, to reject “passing” and assimilation.[…]Rebirth Garments are custom-made gender non-conforming lingerie, wearables and accessories for people on the full spectrum of gender, size and ability. I hope to provide an option that truly fulfills all these needs because feeling confident in one’s outward appearance can revolutionize one’s emotional and political reality. […Claiming our bodies] is navigating obstacles that social systems construct through disparate points of inspiration. This movement celebrates the contradiction. We, as QueerCrips, are living contradictions […]society says we are not beautiful and definitely not sexy, so we have to make our own sexiness that is not based on heteronormative ideas of beauty.
My dream is for us as QueerCrips to feel as comfortable, safe, sexy or cute in [our] clothing as many able-bodied and cisgendered people take for granted due to the options afforded them by mainstream fashion.
Read Sky’s entire Queercrip Dress Reform Movement Manifesto