non-normative fashion designer & creative
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The Gender Variant Jacket

How have clothes failed us?
How have clothes changed us?

The Gender Variant Jacket is a tunable garment for gender variant folx (including but not limited to transgender, agender, gender fluid, gender-nonconforming, and gender non-binary people), that allows for different presentations based on the silhouette of the garment.

 
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As a trans and gender non-binary person myself, I understand the stakes in a project that seeks to INTENTIONALLY create clothes for gender variant people. When I think about getting dressed in the morning, I need to think about the spaces I will move through. Will I be in public, walking down the street? What spaces will I be in, and how likely are said spaces to be affirming to me? Or, uncomfortable? Or, dangerous? This project is but a beginning of possibilities for how fashion can be used to validate, love and center non-normative identities— not tokenize or disregard them.

To read more in my written thesis, click here.

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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR YOUR OWN GENDER VARIANT JACKET:

In order to disrupt & challenge the elitist and classist notions rife in fashion, I am offering a chance for people to apply for a gender variant jacket of their own. Beginning in June, I will select a few individuals to receive a complimentary Gender Variant Jacket and begin production of their custom garments. In return, I ask selected participants to fill out a questionaire while they are wearing and using the garment. 
Please share out this application to all gender-variant people in your lives & in your networks. 
Questions? Contact me: daphinez@umich.edu

Note:
While this application is open to all, gender-variant identities will be prioritized.