Steampunk clothing, cyberpunk, cyber goth, cosplay

Ojai, California · 108 Sales


Steampunk clothing, cyberpunk, cyber goth, cosplay

Ojai, California 108 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Wearable Art Creations that Inspire Uniqueness! Manifestations of Your Imagination!

Rachel started The Red Ant Etsy store to inspire people to let their freak flag fly. Every piece is an original work of art with a story behind it. These are showpieces that will get you noticed. They are for the individual that wants to stand out in the crowd. For those who live by the beat of their own drum. There is always truth in expression. So live your truth and wear Red Ant Fashions...

What is the story behind Red Ant?
Rachel Woodward creator/designer of Red Ant Fashion tells her story:

My true path started the night my son and I were in a near death car accident, back in 2001. Before that moment I was a young lost girl, who happened to also be a mother. My desire to participate in life was lacking. Everything inside my body screamed out for death; I wanted to disappear from the world. I feared my destiny, so the universe stepped in and slammed me hard, onto a path with purpose.

Thanksgiving weekend, 2001. It was a hectic holiday. Crazy seems to run high in my family. I packed my bags and fled as fast as I could. Emotions were sky rocket high. My eagerness to get home and away from everyone allowed me to keep driving down the highway without looking back.

My son and I were driving home to California from New Mexico on the I-40. My mother, little sister and her daughter were driving a rental car following behind us. As we passed over a wide angle, short bridge, cruising at about 70 miles an hour, I was I was unknowingly, on top of black ice. The truck began to swerve, so I instinctively pressed the brakes. My truck spun out of control and flipped. Later my little sister said," The truck looked like a toy car being tossed" she could see it bounce several times. Then, roll down the embankment. The doors flew open and shut while in the air. My son flew out of the vehicle and landed about 30 feet across the highway (on the opposite side). He was sleeping and only a 6 year old at the time. He suffered a broken arm and abrasions on his chest; very minor compared to my injuries. It was as if God plucked him from the vehicle and plopped him away from danger.


I was trapped and entangled inside the smashed, inverted truck. Both my legs were broken, I lost my ability to walk that night. At the time doctors told I would never walk again. Being wheelchair bound was not a diagnosis I was willing to accept.

During my recovery I spent endless days in bed. I couldn't even shower or use the toilet on my own. My little sister stayed with me becoming my nurse maid. She had to do a lot of gross duties which was super humiliating for the both of us.

My emotions started to manifest into creation. Those months spent bedridden pushed me to do artwork around the clock. It is the only thing that kept me sane. Burning and altering wedding dresses became a way to express my inner-turmoil.


One day my little sister brought home a newspaper article about a small fashion show happening near our home town. I submitted an application and got accepted. Mainstream fashion companies like the GAP were showcasing the same night my pieces went down the runway. The audience was completely baffled when dark goth music blasted from the speakers. My models came out in abstract make-up and cutting edge clothing. I even had a man walk the runway in a dress. There was a silent pause (so thick thick you could cut it a knife) before the audience began to clap with a standing ovation.

I remained in my wheelchair less than a year. My inspiration for art clothing helped me regain use of my legs. Waddling like a penguin along with constant pain is a side effect I must endure for standing upright. Also, the metal detectors go off when I travel because I have metal rods in place where the bones in my legs and feet were shattered. The creation of Red Ant Fashion came from a traumatic experience. However, it is that pain that caused me to grow into the person I am today. Those hardships gave me a platform to speak my voice and the strength to face my demons. It is my hope to inspire the people around me, while opening peoples minds. Only love for one another will help humanity grow into a better place.

-Rachel Woodward
Creator/Designer Red Ant Fashion


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    Rachel is an artist who uses her inspiration and passion to create unique, one-of-a-kind wearable art and accessories.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 22, 2013
Greeting and Salutations! Welcome to The Red Ant !!! or as I like to call it "The Ant Hill"! It Is a pleasure to meet you and provide you with some unique and funky clothes and costumes to brighten up and inspire your Cos-Play Wardrobe!

Please keep in mind that each piece is one of a kind garment, so they may have a little more *character* than store bought and or mass produced garments.

Like all hand crafted things each piece can tell its own story and there is something magical about being able to connect and share your stories with an audience.

All my pieces are designed and created by yours truly and come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
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  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Money Order
  • Check
  • Other Method
Here at The Red Ant we do accept most all payment forms. We do prefer Credit Card or Paypal but we do accept check or money orders.

For those who send checks or money orders as forms of payment please allow at least 3 to 5 business days for the money to arrive in the mail and checks to be cleared before your goods can be shipped.
Once you have made your purchase and paid for your order, I will package and ship it to you within 1-3 business days. I do my best to get it in the mail within 24 hours of purchase but due to time and day it is not always possible so i do ask 1-3 days time to get it in the mail and on it's way to you.

If you need something shipped Priority or Over Night please let me know before you finish with you purchase. I do not charge extra for Priority shipping , just let me know in the notes to seller in your purchase at check out that you need Priority Shipping.
However for those that need Overnight I do ask you pay the extra fee in order to get it rushed to you. Just shoot me an email and I am more than happy to work it out for you.

All Red Ant designs are shipped USPS. If you need your order shipped any other way please let me know in advance so I can make proper arrangements to your satisfaction.

Please don't be shy to contact me and ask questions. i am very open and willing to accommodate your needs. Please don't hesitate to ask. :)
Refunds and Exchanges
Here at The Red Ant More than anything, we just want you to be happy. If something fits you wonky, or just isn't what you dreamed, I will accept a return and refund you (less S&H) within ONE MONTH of you receiving it.

If there is any kind of issue or problem that you come across please contact via email and let me know so I can correct immediately for you.


All returns must be approved by me beforehand.

ITEMS MUST BE UNWORN and UNWASHED! (each return is a case by case situation....please contact me directly and I will due my best to work with you) I truly do want you happy with your purchase, there is always a solution that can be found to ensure everyone satisfaction. :)

If you put your Crocheted, Knitted, Wool or Recycled Sweater Garments in the washing machine/dryer - it is NOT returnable.
Additional policies and FAQs
We do offer Wholesale Purchases at The Red Ant. I do ask you order 12 or more of a garment in order to get the price breakdown. You can email me directly and we can discuss your needs and see if we can figure something out that works for us both.

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Custom Orders! Yes! The Red Ant welcomes your custom orders! When ordering something custom keep in mind, once you decide what you want and place your order, you must finish the order with full payment. Once you have done this please allow 2-6 weeks before shipment. I do my best to get it done before then but I'd rather be safe than sorry. I will always shoot you an email to let you know how it is going and when it will be shipped so you will have a heads up with what is happening with your order. I like to keep you in the loop with what is happening.