Rational Dress Society
May 2019 (postponed)
JUMPSUIT is an ungendered, multi-use monogarment to replace all clothes in perpetuity. It is disseminated in two forms: as a pre-made garment for purchase, and as an open-source pattern, available to download free of charge. The Rational Dress Society has developed a comprehensive new sizing system that can accommodate up to 248 different body types using gender-neutral terminology.
Maura Brewer & Abigail Glaum-Lathbury
Founding members of the Rational Dress Society, a counter-fashion collective.
Maura Brewer is a visual artist who works in video, performance and experimental fashion design. Drawing on science fiction narratives and Hollywood film, Brewer asks questions about the ways that cinematic identification constructs female subjects. Maura Brewer was a Whitney Independent Study Program fellow from 2014-2015, and received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine in 2011.
Her work was been exhibited internationally, and is the currently subject of a solo exhibition at the University Art Gallery at UC Irvine. Her projects have recently been exhibited at Human Resources in Los Angeles, the Elizabeth Arts Foundation in New York and MUMOK in Vienna. She is a recipient of the 2016 Creative Economic Development Fund Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, and was a 2016 artist in residence at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. Her work in fashion design has received press coverage in The Guardian, the New York Times and Surface Magazine. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
Abigail Glaum-Lathbury is a Chicago based artist and designer. For nearly a decade she produced a women’s ready to wear collection that showed during New York Market week and sold nationally and internationally. Her recent work takes the form of a counter-practice within the emergent field of critical fashion.
Her work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Nevada Museum of Art, Art in General and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York, and the Dome of Visions in Copenhagen. Her projects have been covered in the Guardian, the Paris Review, the Huffington Post and Surface Magazine among other publications. Glaum-Lathbury is an Assistant Professor of Fashion Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.