World 37

The 2013 Rana Plaza collapse had a profound impact on the greater fashion industry and beyond in World 37. Leaders from around the world recognized the need for change and convened a diverse working group of experts (designers, makers, waste specialists, etc) and consumers to find a solution for some of the industry’s most pressing issues, which contributed to the factory’s collapse. They came up with a global mandate: every person on the planet – including celebrities, leaders, everyone – could only have a capsule wardrobe.

The wardrobe consists of 5 pieces of underwear (bottom), 5 pairs of socks, 5 short-sleeve or sleeveless shirts (can mix them), 5 long-sleeve shirts, 5 sweaters, 5 bottoms (skirts and/or pants), 5 pairs of shoes, 3 jackets/blazers, 2 coats, 2 scarves, 2 hats, and 2 pairs of gloves. An additional 2 piece underwear (top) allowance applies for those who want to cover their top region (ie: a bra, binder, camisole).

The capsule wardrobe is maintained by a system in which an individual can go to their local Capsule Wardrobe Store and put in an order for their item/s to either be repaired, or in the worst case scenarios, replaced. This mandate was signed into effect in 2030.

What if …

everybody had a limited, capsule wardrobe?

Issue targeted:

overproduction, mending/repair

Inspiration:

capsule collections, uniforms

This World was contributed by Doris Domoszlai-Lantner (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

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