RDS FAQ

Rational Dress Society

Q: What is the Rational Dress Society?

A: In 1881, the Rational Dress Society formed in London with the goal of liberating women from the bondage of their corsets. The sisters of the RDS established a worldwide network of sleeper cells, underground nodes that still, to this day, come to life in times of need to combat the forces of irrationality everywhere.

Abigail Glaum-Lathbury and Maura Brewer are the heirs to that proud history, a responsibility they do not take lightly. Although her modesty belies it, Glaum-Lathbury is the third reincarnation of Amelia Bloomer, a fact revealed to the RDS by way of divine prophecy. Brewer’s origins are more humble, but no less rational: her great grandmotherʼs second cousinʼs roommate invented the Union Suit in Utica, New York, in 1869.

Naturally, when Glaum-Lathbury and Brewer turned 18, they were inducted into the Rational Dress Societyʼs Central Administrative Offices. They found common cause in their passion for all things judicious, and resolved to modernize the operation. The first order of business was to move the RDS headquarters to a garage in Palo Alto, California. It was there that JUMPSUIT was born: rational dress for a new generation. 

Q: Can I join the Rational Dress Society?

A: Yes! Membership is open to all those individuals who are ready cast off the yoke of relentless consumption.