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Photo credit: Lara Kastner, 2015.
Photo credit: Lara Kastner, 2015.
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Adult Program: JUMPSUIT with Rational Dress Society

October 13, 2018–from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Opening Reception:

Saturday, October 13, 2018—10:00 am to 3:00 pm 
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 

RSVP required; $85.00 entry fee

Click here to register for this event.

For questions about this program, please contact The Fabric Workshop and Museum at reservations@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org or (215) 561-8888.



The Fabric Workshop and Museum and the Rational Dress Society invite you to attend a Make-Your-Own-JUMPSUIT workshop and discussion in partnership with DesignPhiladelphia. As participants learn about the history of revolutionary and utopian dress and the current state of the garment industry, they’ll begin the process of cutting and sewing their own JUMPSUITS using a pattern provided by the Rational Dress Society. Attendees will bring their own sewing machines and three yards of non-stretch fabric in a color of their choice. They will learn to read and cut industrial patterns and produce a portion of their own monogarment (with instructions for its completion at home). 

JUMPSUIT is an open source, ungendered monogarment designed to replace all clothes in perpetuity. Represented in 248 sizes, JUMPSUIT is liberated from the signifiers of class, race and gender that inscribe our usual relationship to dress. The members of the Rational Dress Society believe that the rejection of choice might open us up to new possibilities and better ways of living. What if you never had to pick out an outfit again? Come to our workshop and find out!

About Rational Dress Society:
The Rational Dress Society is a counter-fashion collective founded by Chicago-based designer Abigail Glaum-Lathbury and Los Angeles-based artist Maura Brewer. Together they make JUMPSUIT, the open-source ungendered monogarment to replace all clothes. JUMPSUIT has been presented at the Museum of Modern Art and Art in General in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Machine Project in Los Angeles and the Dome of Visions in Copenhagen. The Rational Dress Society is a 2016 and 2018 recipient of a Cultural Economic Development Fund grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation in Los Angeles, and received an International Cultural Exchange Grant from the Swedish Art Grants Committee in 2015. In 2018, the RDS curated the exhibition Omega Workshop at the EFA Project Space in New York. Press coverage includes the Paris Review, New York Times, the Current, the Guardian and Surface Magazine.