World 72

In World 72, in the noughties, cotton farmers and clothing workers revolt and demand living wages and ecological safeguarding. Rationed clothes and sustainable utility garments are compulsory.

A need for individualism and flamboyance remains. A speakeasy club scene emerges in the post-industrial fringes of many cities. A ticket generator assigns you a wild assemblage and allows freedom of expression for a night. Costumiers are in demand to restore and rework black market, vintage and historical clothing. Periodically, these establishments are raided by the authorities and a denuded clientele are seen fleeing into the night.

What if …

we could playfully express ourselves and enjoy beautiful clothes without causing ecological damage?

Issue targeted:

clothes are an important tool of self-expression within all cultures; however, fast fashion has led to a ‘wear it once’ culture


the underground DIY ‘free party’ scenes of the UK back in the early 1990’s, combined with the speakeasies in America in the 1920’s

This World was contributed by Caroline Raybould (located in Birmingham, 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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