Abigail Glaum-Lathbury

Special guest

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. In 2014 she co-counded the Rational Dress Society, a collective that raises questions around identity and consumption through a radical approach to inclusive sizing. Her most recent project, the Genuine Unauthorized Clothing Clone Institute (Project G.U.C.C.I.) investigates how copyright and trademark law is being leveraged by luxury conglomerates to form what can only be described as a modern sumptuary code. Using the fundamentally relational aspects of fashion as a critical platform, her work explores the discursive potential found in clothing and dressing, arguing for a rethinking and transformation of the fashion system.

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.

Abigail Glaum-Lathbury has been a guest on 1 episode.