Introducing the three local fashion designers headlining In the Garden of Atlantis / by Joseph Caruana


Amara Black designs men's and women's clothing with the use of various patterns, textures, and fabrics. The brand's design aesthetic is sleek, strong, clean, and bold. While earning a Bachelor's degree in 3 years in Fashion Design from the Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago, Amara Black created a name for her brand by participating in over 15 fashion shows in Illinois, Indiana, and Texas.  With great skill in several aspects of fashion design, (including, but not limited to, plus-size, costume, swimwear, outerwear, and accessory design), Amara Black plans to expand the brand's awareness by opening an online boutique in 2018.



Rebirth Garments's mission is to create gender non-conforming wearables and accessories for people on the full spectrum of gender, size, and ability. The line creates a community where all people can confidently express their individuality and identity. Our identity is that of QueerCrip, a politicized umbrella term that encompasses queer gender nonconforming identities, visible and invisible disabilities / disorders - physical, mental, developmental, emotional, ect. In particular, our trans and disabled communities have very particular clothing needs that are not adequately served by mainstream clothing designers. Instead of being centered on cisgender, heterosexual, white, or thin people, Rebirth Garments is centered on QueerCrip people.

Rebirth Garments challenges mainstream beauty standards that are sizest, ableist, and conformist to the gender binary. Instead, we maintain the notion of Radical Visibility, a movement based on claiming our bodies and, through the use of bright colors, exuberant fabrics, and innovative designs, highlighting the parts of us that society typically shuns. Through Radical Visibility, we refuse to assimilate and can create a QueerCrip dress reform movement.



MJ Ernst Couture is the premier destination for Custom made Bridal and Special Occasion. Located on the North Shore of Chicago for over 25yrs, this label is known for excellent customer service, reliability and unique creative designs. Owner Mary Jo Ernst has an ability to work one on one with her clients and together create one of a kind looks that will become heirlooms of your special event. Her attention to detail and couture finishing techniques sets her apart in the Couture Fashion Business and is the reason that MJ Ernst Couture has been a mainstay in the Chicagoland area and keeps her clients returning year after year.

In the Garden of Atlantis is Saturday, November 18th, 2017, 7-10pm at Hairpin Arts Center in Logan Square. Click here for tickets and more information.