Richard Malone with Richard Malone Jumpsuit Specimen 2017

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Malone grew up in rural Ireland and identifies strongly with his working-class roots. For this piece, he was inspired by the functional clothing worn in construction sites. Looking into historical jumpsuits that were assembled from one piece of cloth, Malone employed a recycled stretch-acrylic fabric found in a factory near his studio in London, which he steamed, split, and sculpted. The result is a one-size-fits-all unisex garment that alludes not only to the jumpsuit’s rich history in labor, but also to a future in which garments and fabrics are reused and recycled.

Gallery label from Energy, 2019
Collaborating artist
Richard Malone
Recycled acrylic knit, plastic boning
68 × 31 1/2 × 10 1/2" (172.7 × 80 × 26.7 cm)
Gift of Ted Chung
Object number
Architecture and Design

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