The Rational Dress Society presented JUMPSUIT at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, 10.6.15. Event info follows.
Rational Dress Society co-founders Abigail Glaum-Lathbury and Maura Brewer invite you to participate in a re-imagining of our collective relationship to dress. What if you never had to pick out an outfit again? What bonds might be formed between JUMPSUIT-wearing individuals?
The RDS presents JUMPSUIT, an ungendered, universal monogarment for everyday wear. This lecture will cover the conceptual and technical parameters of the project, and the research that influenced the final design of the garment. Topics include the history of revolutionary and egalitarian dress, from the sans-culottes of revolutionary France, the American feminist movement of the 1850s, to the Soviet and Futurist experiments of the early 20th century. The current state of fashion will be discussed, including an examination of the neoliberal economic policies of the 1980s and 90s that resulted in the rise of a fast-fashion industry characterized by planned obsolescence and exploitative labor practices. We suggest that the rejection of choice (otherwise known as the yoke of relentless consumption within the capitalist paradigm) might open us up to new possibilities and better ways of living. In the future, we will be brothers and sisters together in JUMPSUIT!