World 55

In World 55 shared community wardrobes can be found in each city and village: one city, one wardrobe. The origins of this culture can be traced back to the crisis where there were not enough clothes for every individual in the early 1950s.

Bringing together all different types of garments by the collective, fashion becomes part of the greater good of the society. Because of the diversity of garments in size, colour and style everyone can play around with this and there are no boundaries anymore. Fashion, in this collective wardrobe, is a party.

What if …

wardrobes belong to the collective instead of the individual, like municipalities in our society?

Issue targeted:

the overloaded closets everyone has nowadays


collective instead of the individual – the Linen project provided by MA Practice Held in Common of ArtEZ University of the Arts

This World was contributed by Lindy Boerman (located in Arnhem, the Netherlands) 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