Abigail Glaum-Lathbury is a Chicago based artist and designer whose work takes the form of a counter-practice within the emergent field of critical fashion. Her work explores the discursive potential found in clothing and dressing, arguing for a rethinking and transformation of the fashion system. In 2014 she co-founded 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.
Her work has been shown at the MoMA and MAD Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Nevada Museum of Art and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York, and at Gallery F in Moss, Norway. Her projects have been covered in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Paris Review, the Huffington Post and Surface Magazine among other publications. Glaum-Lathbury is an Associate Professor of Fashion Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.