By Emily Williams
Multimedia artist Peregrine Honig has just launched a revolutionary line of undergarments designed for transgender individuals. The line of intimates, dubbed “middlewear,” was inspired by Peregrine’s friend who was in transition.
“Finding something that fits you properly anywhere is hard,” Honig told fashion magazine i-D. “So imagine if you’re transitioning.”
Honig, the owner of the vintage-chic Kansas City lingerie boutique Birdies, already knew a thing or two about undergarments. As the youngest living person to have her work featured in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, she also has an eye for beauty, design and innovation.
Honig partnered with designers Laura and Miranda Treas to create the gender-fluid pieces. Both had already had several years of experience in the post-plastic surgery garment industry.
The project has been funded by 175 backers who donated a total of $25,550 to the project’s Kickstarter, “All is Fair in Love and Wear,” exceeding their original goal by over $2000.
“People all over the world cross the gender divide and they deserve to reframe and reform without limitation,” reads the campaign’s description.
According to the site, this line of middlewear aims to support the transgender community by allowing them to appear to others how they see themselves. All is Fair is founded on ideals of inclusivity and progressiveness and explores the often blurry divide between one’s private and public life.
Currently, the line includes binders, enhancers, contour garments, daywear, and loungewear.
Since the line is still in its infant stages, two of its first undergarments can be purchased as part of a donation. The Boy Friday binding garment and the Silk Saturday camisole can be purchased for $125 each. The funds from any sale will both pay for the garment and help to fund the production of the full line.
All is Fair is also selling unisex t-shirts and hand-stamped All is Fair medallions for $25 and $75 donations, respectively.
Donors of $5,000 or more are also being offered the rare opportunity to sit for a painted portrait by Honig herself.
Honig’s goal is to raise enough money through donations to produce a line that is both affordable and accessible to the transgender community.
One comment on the fundraising site, from parent Wyly Astley, described their experience trying to find undergarments for their 13-year-old kid who is in transition. The only place they could find one, Astley wrote, was a sex shop where only one size was available, the clerk was uninformed, and their child felt uncomfortable.
“We are thrilled for you and cannot wait for your products to be available,” Astley wrote to All is Fair.
The transgender population was comprised of approximately 700,000 people in 2011 according to a Williams Institute study, and that number has been estimated to have significantly risen since then.
In a society where transgender issues have become increasingly prevalent, efforts like All is Fair have sought to design products to accommodate this increasing demand. In the campaign’s description, they include this call to action:
“Let’s be a part of the conversation that allows for evolution, dignity, and grace.”