People who are in the middle of their gender transition don’t have it easy with formfitting underwear. They feel different and unappreciated. How can we help the people part of the transgender community? By making a gender-fluid underwear line for those in gender transition.
WHAT IS IT?
It’s a gender-fluid line for those in gender transition (for both transgender men and women). This lingerie collection will make daywear, finding underwear, contour garments, enhancers, binders and loungewear easier.
WHY WAS THIS GENDER-FLUID LINE ESTABLISHED?
The collection was founded by Peregrine Honig, an artist from Kansas City. She has already owned a lingerie store, called Birdies, for 13 years, and started this extraordinary project last year. Buying underwear isn’t very difficult, but for the transgender community, it’s way more inconvenient. The binders and modification garments are surprisingly limited and the design doesn’t fit their frames. Honing wanted to design comfortable, effective and beautiful underpinnings for the transitioning community and to create a space where they feel safe and understood.
HOW DID HONIG ACHIEVE THIS?
Honig didn’t do it all by herself. The aunt-and-niece duo Miranda Treas and Laura Treas are the co-designers of the gender-fluid underwear. Miranda Treas is a designer and Laura Treas had worked in the post-plastic surgery and garment industry for a long time. Hence she knows about cool, convenient, fashion-forward and high-quality pieces and the right kind of materials. The company started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $23,000 and fortunately this goal was exceeded. All is Fair launched with four binders in two colors (beige and black). After these items they fired tuckers, cinchers and packers.
WHY IS IT COOL?
The transgender community has always been a group that is under-considered. Nevertheless, this group also needs underwear during their gender transition and a transitioning individual shouldn’t be restricted to concerning about their clothing choices. So Honig requires as to what these transgender consumers want and need; feeling comfortable and getting guidance and support. Furthermore, this lingerie line indicated that brands are accepting differences in shape and identity. Before All is Fair, Chrysalis Lingerie came out with similar underwear for biological men who were making a transition to female. Honig addresses a bigger group base than that, her line contains pieces for men and women.
WILL THERE BE A TRANSFORMATION FOR THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY?
Honig aims to give a solution between gender divides to allow individuals to change their bodies without limitation all around the world. Through this gender-fluid underwear, they don’t have to distinguish between their private and public life. How transitioning individuals feel and express themselves, should also be who they are in public. Feeling comfortable on the inside and out. The emerging acceptance of the media, and thereby the acceptance of normal people, are key for feeling comfortable on the outside. Celebrities such as Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner have put the Transgender Community into the limelight and have cleared a path for the future generation of trans people.