World 54

In World 54, every adult is only permitted to own 10 items of clothing at any one time as rationing never properly ended after WWII.

Textile waste hardly exists and most individuals have sufficient sewing skills to alter and customise their clothing. Swapping and sharing is common. Garment manufacturing is a highly skilled and valued profession as each garment must truly be built to last. Fashion as a concept no longer exists and garments reflect the wearer’s history, tastes and culture.

What if …

we were all only allowed to own a maximum of 10 items of clothing?

Issue targeted:

over-consumption and disposability


the concept of the core wardrobe

This World was contributed by Wendy Ward (located in Sheffield, 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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