World 30

During the 2010s in World 30, young people drove a radical shift first towards second hand clothing, then towards making/mending. The rise of Depop was followed by a burst of passion, action and creativity as the Climate Strikes swept the globe. Policy was introduced to put sewing machines in public spaces like libraries, and high street brands followed suit in an effort to stay relevant to young people.

Sewers can book a sewing machine in advance or just turn up. Local enthusiasts and experts are around to support, and short classes are offered for free. Young people influence and inspire each other, creating localised trends that diverge from mainstream fashion. The surge of creativity prompts people to bring other unwanted items into their clothes-making, so that waste and recycling bins are emptier than ever before.

What if …

sewing became an unstoppable trend among young people, unleashing a wave of creativity with sustainability at its heart?

Issue targeted:

knowledge of and access to sewing skills for making and mending (rewear/reuse)

Inspiration:

Depop (as a parallel trend)

This World was contributed by Becca Warner (located in London (Clapton), 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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