World 46

A staggeringly large bequest, made by an eccentric fashion figure to the municipal library service in a major city in World 46 fifteen years ago, led to the creation of a network of landmark clothes libraries.

The impressive variety and quality of the collection quickly attracted attention and the majority of local residents now dress almost exclusively in library items, which can be borrowed for up to six weeks. A small subscription fee contributes to maintenance, including regular acquisitions in response to member requests.

The city has become internationally renowned for its sartorial style and minimal fashion-related carbon footprint. 

What if …

borrowing, rather than owning, clothes was the norm?

Issue targeted:

heaving wardrobes full of unworn clothes


clothes rental services; the brilliance of libraries

This World was contributed by Amy Twigger Holroyd (located in Nottingham, 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

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