World 34

In World 34, a new offshoot of Costume and Wardrobe departments in the entertainment industry would be in charge of forging new connections with retailers, renters, and charities to distribute the unused clothing that would normally be discarded.

So many pieces are worn once or twice and are never seen or worn again. This could provide opportunities for those who cannot afford a suit or a decent winter coat to acquire these items. For higher end pieces, they could be sold to rental companies and the production could make more money from their purchases.

What if …

the film/tv industry recirculated the clothes used in production?

Issue targeted:

The entertainment industry wastes billions of dollars in clothes on a show to show basis. If we could donate these clothes to rental companies like Rent the Runway or to charitable organizations like Dress for Success, there would be so much more that could be “recycled”.

Inspiration:

I work in film and tv and watch the clothes from the productions get thrown into boxes and stored like the Arc of the Covenant in the last scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark

This World was contributed by Carol McLennan (located in New York, USA) 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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