By Rational Dress Society, April 13, 2015
“SAIC Alum and Faculty Member’s Fashion Garment Project Gathers Interest.” Read the full text of the article here.
JUMPSUIT, the recent fashion project of Fashion, Body, and Garment faculty member Abigail Glaum-Lathbury (BFA 2006) and Whitney Museum Fellow Maura Brewer (BFA 2006), is gathering attention for the revolutionizing concepts that govern its single-item line. JUMPSUIT, as an “ungendered monogarment for everyday wear,” comes in 48 sizes and two colors, black and white, with a choice of long or short sleeves. There have been several stories about the project, starting with an account in the New York Times of a guerrilla performance Glaum-Lathbury and Brewer staged at Lincoln Center during fashion week. The Times refers to JUMPSUIT as a “tempting proposition.”
The Columbia Chronicle also featured the project, which poses provocative questions to the fashion industry’s fast pace. This experiment in counter-fashion, consisting of a pre-made garment to purchase or open source pattern to download for free, recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of its jumpsuits. The origins and goals of the project are inspired by the spirit of feminist dress reform that dates back to Victorian Era in England. As the Columbia Journalistarticulates, “the immediate goal is to get people wearing jumpsuits, but the project is really about inspiring a dialogue about rethinking fashion. JUMPSUIT is about rejecting choice, and the idea that clothes define the man.”…