The Jumpsuit 1941

The Jumpsuit 1941

Jumpsuit Designed by RISEN DIVISION inspired by a classic 1941 design.

A Florentine artist and designer who went by the name of Thayat created the first ever jumpsuit in 1919 as a practical piece of clothing worn by parachuters and sky divers – quite literally a suit for jumping! – as well as race car drivers and aviators. The design may have been simple, but the jumpsuit proved revolutionary and liberating. Pilot Charles Lindbergh completed the world’s first solo transatlantic flight wearing one and Neil Armstrong landed on the moon in his.

It was Elsa Schiaparelli who put the jumpsuit on the fashion map in the '30s. The revolutionary designer and rival to Coco Chanel shook up the Paris couture scene with her innovative and daring designs. She even created an easy-on, easy-off air-raid suit, complete with matching gas mask, velvet turban and flask. And they say fashion can’t be practical.

Katharine Hepburn gave the jumpsuit a touch of Hollywood glamour when she wore a monogrammed silk one-piece in the 1937 film Stage Door. Five years later Vera Maxwell, a pioneer of American sportswear, designed a jumpsuit worn by millions of ‘riveting Rosies’ (the nickname given to American women working in factories during World War II). The ‘You Can Do It!’ posters of Rosie the Riveter in her one-piece and polka dot headband have become an iconic cultural reference and symbol of empowered women.

The jumpsuit hit the catwalks again in the 60s when André Courrèges showed futuristic styles in Paris. YSL sent palazzo one-pieces down the runway in the '70s; Cher, Abba and Elvis adopted the jumpsuit as their signature style, and it became the go-to look for Studio 54 regulars Diana Ross, Liza Minelli and Bianca Jagger, who danced to disco in Halston’s trademark designs.


RISEN DIVISION is a fashion brand focused on the jumpsuit as a uniform for the modern woman. Founded by award winning multi-media artist and costume designer Andrea Lauer to celebrate the power of a single garment that possesses such versatility. All choices are made in the name of sustainability; in its fabric and manufacturing, as well as the need to provide a true staple garment that will withstand the passage of time and trends. Risen Division is a women led company working with woman every step of the way.