Photos: Christian Machado

UN JUMPSUIT

In 2028, the United Nations adopted its official leadership uniform, mandating all world leaders to wear their national jumpsuit to all U.N. conferences, meetings, and events. 

 

The debate over uniforms was introduced in 2025 by a cohort of female leaders demanding greater equality, and objective governance regardless of sex, race, and class. The uniform was approved with a simple majority vote in favor. Moving forward, all leaders will wear the same garment. This early prototype was intended for the United Kingdom, with shades of blue and red from the nation’s flag and includes the tartan pattern, a traditional motif of the region, specific to Scotland. Later iterations of the uniform resulted in a pared down color palette, with only shades of blue, white and red. The velcro closure was also later replaced with a hidden zipper and buttons to appear more formal. The designs change every four years in conjunction with the athletic uniform designs of the summer Olympics. 


The uniform stands as a genderless global sign of leadership, diplomacy and cooperation and has been officially in use since 2028.

OVERVIEW
 

PROCESS

The speculative jumpsuit began as an assemblage project re-constructing existing garments into a single jumpsuit. Like an episode of Project Runway, students were provided limited funds and time to purchase second-hand garments at Goodwill to be used to create a new jumpsuit. The below inspirations shaped the design, with a nod to military fashions, and the jumpsuit's construction was experimental as each modification shaped its next steps. 

INSPIRATION

Sources (left to right): 

Courrèges. Suit. 1968. The Museum at FIT, New York. Bloomsbury Fashion Central. Web. 07 Jan. 2021. <https://0-www-bloomsburyfashioncentral-com.librarycat.risd.edu/products/berg-fashion-library/museum/the-museum-at-fit/suit-94595>.

Little boy blues parade uniform. 1938. The Valentine, Richmond. Bloomsbury Fashion Central. Web. 07 Jan. 2021. <https://0-www-bloomsburyfashioncentral-com.librarycat.risd.edu/products/berg-fashion-library/museum/the-valentine/little-boy-blues-parade-uniform>.

Gym suit. 1896. The Museum at FIT, New York. Bloomsbury Fashion Central. Web. 07 Jan. 2021. <https://0-www-bloomsburyfashioncentral-com.librarycat.risd.edu/products/berg-fashion-library/museum/the-museum-at-fit/gym-suit-1>.

Unknown. Jacket. c.1890. Kerry Taylor, Bermondsey, London, SE1 4PR. Bloomsbury Fashion Central. Web. 07 Jan. 2021. <https://0-www-bloomsburyfashioncentral-com.librarycat.risd.edu/products/berg-fashion-library/museum/kerry-taylor/jacket-87499>.

Spring 2020, Uniform to Multiform with Instructor Andrea Lauer

All work is my own, except as noted.

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