World 76

In June 2019 it was declared in Mexico City in World 76 that the uniform for children in public schools was officially genderless to promote gender equity, so any children was free to wear pants or skirt no matter his gender. This was immediately adopted by private schools in Mexico City and then spread to the whole country.

In the process, it evolved as a dignifying moment for Mexican population and its indigenous identity and was collectively decided that the fiber would be 100% cotton made locally and without coloring. By 2021 this was formalized by the government as the official uniform for all children and it is continuing its expansion to Latinamerica.

What if …

gender and color neutrality were the basis of uniforms at all children’s schools?

Issue targeted:

enviromental and human impact due to dyes; overconsumption and waste because of the brief and diverse use of uniforms in children; gender inequality

Inspiration:

traditional indigenous clothing made of raw cotton and genderless clothing for toddlers and babies in history

This World was contributed by Ileana Jalil Kentros (located in Mexico City) 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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