World 87

People always came together to tell each other stories and to listen to each other. But in 2020, because of the pandemic, this sitting together and travelling around was no longer possible.

The clothes realised, that people, sitting lonely at home, not able to travel, were getting sad. Therefore, in World 87, the garment took over and started to tell their stories. They narrated, what they experienced travelling around the world during the production process. Thus, people found out, that their garments were very precious storytellers and from then on, they dreamed to hear in future different fashion stories.

What if …

people started to look for garments, which tell them stories of healthy growing fibres and happy and proud garment workers?

Issue targeted:

Fostering awareness. Clothes are globetrotters, collecting a huge amount of experiences and stories along the way from fibre to garment.

Inspiration:

storytelling

This World was contributed by Salome Egger (located in Berne, Switzerland) 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.

Response to World 87

This world recalled two articles, both of which speak to the stories embedded within clothing, but in different ways.

The first, an article by Lou Taylor – ‘The Several Lives of a Collection of Rag Dump Clothing from Normandy (1900–55): From Farm, to Dump, to Poverty Chic’ – https://www.fashionstudies.ca/the-several-lives – which follows the journey of working clothes worn literally to rags, and their transformation into/parallels with, covetable high end garments.

The second, a piece called ‘Darning Mark’s Jumper’ which speaks to the intimate and precious memories that can be carried by clothing – https://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/csrj/article/view/4909/5408

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Published by Amy Twigger Holroyd

explorer of Fashion Fictions

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