THE COLUMBIA JOURNALIST
By Rational Dress Society, April 13, 2015
The Next Counter-Fashion Revolution Will Be In Jumpsuits, by Christine Chung. Read the full text of the article here.
The black, long-sleeve cotton blend jumpsuit sports a convenient front zipper and an easy drawstring waistband. It’s a piece that’s both tactile and sturdy, designed to be fully utilitarian without forgoing panache. It’s a minimalistic workwear garment without any bells and whistles, but this particular jumpsuit is made by luxury designer Philip Lim and the price tag is over a thousand dollars.
A Philip Lim jumpsuit certainly makes a statement. But there’s another jumpsuit-peddler in town, the Rational Dress Society, that’s looking to make a radically different kind of statement: What if you never had to pick out an outfit again?
The garment they’ve designed, available for purchase on Kickstarter, is a genderless twill jumpsuit that comes in either black or white, long-sleeve or short-sleeve, available in 48 sizes.
The Rational Dress Society, consisting of fashion designer Abigail Glaum-Lathbury and artist Maura Brewer, describes their jumpsuit project as an art experiment in counter-fashion. The pair, who met as undergrads at the Art Institute of Chicago, are asking people to consider the idea that fashion and self expression aren’t equivalent, and to take a closer look at today’s culture of fast-fashion. At mass retailers like H&M and Zara, there’s a surfeit of quickly and cheaply produced clothing. With JUMPSUIT, which has two weeks and $2,000 left to reach its funding goal of $12,000, there is just one item for sale…