Teens: Apply to be Part of CPL Radical Fit’s Fashion Incubator

Get paid to make your own fashion collection!

Apply to be part of Chicago Public Library Radical Fit’s Fashion Incubator with Sky Cubacub of Rebirth Garments. Sky is a Chicago based fashion designer and chainmaille artist that creates wearables for queer and trans disabled folks of all sizes and ages. This program includes twenty mentorship sessions with Sky and the opportunity to debut your looks at the Queer Radical Fair in July!

Radical Fit Fashion Incubator Details

  • When: March through July on Saturdays, 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Northside

Students will:

  • Receive up to $150 in supplies per student.
  • Be paid hourly at $15.80.
  • Keep all the garments they make during the program.

Final designs will be exhibited at the Queer Radical Fair at the Chicago Park District in July. Students must not miss more than 3 sessions and debut their project at the final event in order to receive payment for participation.

Submission Guidelines

  • Who: High school students between the ages of 13-19 who live in Chicago.
  • What: Submit a portfolio of 3 to 10 original works along with a statement of interest.
  • When: Submit your portfolio between February 5 through February 19.

Portfolio submissions must contain 3 to 10 original creative works that reflect your interest in fashion and style. Submissions can include fashion, fashion design, styling, make-up, accessory or jewelry design. Acceptable submissions should include finished pieces and designs but can also include process works such as drawings, fabric swatches, mood boards, look-book photographs or works-in-progress.

Your artist statement should give insight into you, your work and your interest in fashion using 500 words or less. Please address the following:

  • Discuss your relationship to fashion and style.
  • Describe the collection you would like to create during the Fashion Incubator. Please include materials and processes you would like to learn about and work with during the mentorship sessions.
  • Describe what you would like to learn during the Fashion Incubator and how this will help you with your career goals.

Please let us know your access needs. Rebirth Garments is all about accessibility, so let us know what we can provide during sessions in order to set you up for success!

Apply for Radical Fit’s Fashion Incubator

Thank you for your interest in Radical Fit! This submission form is now closed.