World 48

In World 48 garment production from raw materials became outlawed and socially despised after textile wastefulness was identified as the source of a major pandemic in 2020. Textile resourcefulness becomes the most highly valued social attribute.

Talent competitions on prime time television celebrate the most socially responsible and eye-catching dressing practices and major governmental awards with vast cash prizes are given annually for innovations. Children are trained in textile resourcefulness techniques at school and in the evenings they stage competitions in each other’s homes. At night they dream of winning the Nobel Prize for Textile Resourcefulness when they grow up.

What if …

textile resourcefulness in dress was the most culturally valued attribute in our society?

Issue targeted:

that reusing and wearing old things is associated with lack of money and status


Britain’s Got Talent, Nobel Prizes, primary school games

This World was contributed by Annebella Pollen (located on the south coast of England, 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