Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

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Abigail Glaum-Lathbury

Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

Program Overview


Abigail Glaum-Lathbury

The historical discourse around ideas of dress and fashion is one of verticality, a system of social distinction rooted in competitive consumption. In lieu of verticality, my practice embraces the lateral potential of fashion. The experimental research-based garments that I create serve as a platform for conversation, provoking questions about capitalism, feminism, gender and desire. I am interested in the way that design and clothing can be activated and used as a discursive vehicle, a way to bring individuals together, or renegotiate our understanding of value.

My practice is a response to a fashion industry polarized between luxury conglomerates and fast-fashion corporations. Those without the accumulated wealth to purchase luxury brand garments are left with nearly identical facsimiles produced in unconscionable conditions, and sold under the auspices of “democratization.” In response to these conditions, my work aims to question authenticity through the creation of experimental garments that leverage digital platforms for the redistribution of desire. My work, whether in research-oriented projects, performance or teaching aims to offer an alternative to the current fashion system through a critical approach to making.

Intricately crafted patterns that reject traditional gender binary and that draw on specific histories and politics are published as open-source documents inviting a collective approach to design. Fashion has traditionally been understood to have a limited number of modes of participation, primarily that of consumption. By shifting my practice away from a consumption only model I am able to navigate new paths of engagement.

Inverting the motivation of fashion from induced obsolescence, to delivering a solution (critical fashion) to a complex problem (capitalism) I aim to deliver a proposition. These solutions range from the fantastical to the radical but all serve as a means to provoke change. What if you never had to pick out an outfit again? What would a Louis Vuitton dress be worth if you could make it yourself?





$3,000 - $5,000

For more information or to commission a unique work of art through Not Just Another Pretty Face, contact Maria Nelson at or 773.324.5520 x1014.