World 44, Exploration B

Collage of clothing inspired by classic novels.

In 2021 in World 44 … members of a niche movement say goodbye to manufactured, fleeting monthly trends (ditching celebrity influence) and commit to personify a book or character for the annual Fahrenheit Fashion festival, thus demonstrating their cultural knowledge. This year’s trend – CLASSICS MEETS STREETWEAR. Ruffles, corsets and crinolines are now in and are incorporated into laid-back street wear, in response to the comeback of classic novels such as Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice. This page from a popular fashion magazine demonstrates styling tips and trend predictions through image mashups and collaging. Similar to “Disney-bounding”, it encourages the general public to express a character or mood from their favourite classic story by subtly integrating a defining silhouette, texture or colour into everyday clothes without cosplaying. How you portray the character is down to you.

This Exploration was contributed by Niamh Wright, Louise Wise, Poppy Wilson and Charlotte Woolerton (located in the UK), developed from a World contributed by Amy Twigger Holroyd, 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 authors and share their material using the same Creative Commons licence.

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