World 8

With the outgrowth of youth subcultures post-war in World 8, clothing became central to displaying one’s social and political allegiances.

As each generation grew up, they passed down their garments to new members of the community, inheriting their new garments from older people who passed. Each community has their own methodology around mending, upcycling and adapting clothing for larger and smaller bodies.

In this culture, having newly made clothing is a sign either that your community is growing or that you have no allegiances, depending on what precisely it looks like and the context in which you’re working.

What if …

fashion was a community based enterprise?

Issue targeted:

fast fashion and discarding cultures

Inspiration:

fashion subculture and ‘make do and mend’ clothing ethos

This World was contributed by Marie-Claire Emecheta (located in Manchester, UK) using a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence which allows others to share and adapt the work in any medium and for any purpose, providing that they credit the author and share their material using the same Creative Commons licence.

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Published by Amy Twigger Holroyd

explorer of Fashion Fictions

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