World 146

In World 146, where insecticides have been banned, following alarming report of biodiversity loss in early 2021, people cannot rely on them anymore to control clothes-eating bugs. Insects slowly reclaim everyone’s closet and leave traces of their presence in the form of holes in clothes.

As a result, practices like mending become more common and garments with insect’s holes gain value as they contribute insect’s safeguard.

Our relationship with our clothes becomes more interactive and long-lasting as the clothes continuously change with time.

Subcultures appear around the planet where communities create common interspecies closets. They become biodiversity and fashion hubs.

Et si préserver nos vêtements ne contribuait pas à la perte de biodiversité ?

Dans un monde (World 146) où les insecticides ont été interdits, suite à un rapport alarmant sur la perte de biodiversité au début de l’année 2021, les gens ne peuvent plus compter sur ceux-ci pour lutter contre les insectes dégradants les vêtements. Ces insectes reconquièrent lentement les placards de chacun et laissent des traces de leur présence sous la forme de trous dans les vêtements.

En conséquence, des pratiques comme le raccommodage deviennent plus courantes et les vêtements troués par les insectes prennent de la valeur car ils contribuent à leur sauvegarde.

Notre relation aux vêtements devient plus interactive et durable, car les vêtements changent continuellement avec le temps.

Des sous-cultures apparaissent sur la planète où des communautés créent des placards communs inter-espèces. Ils deviennent des centres de biodiversité et de mode.

What if …

preserving our clothes wasn’t contributing to biodiversity loss?

Issue:

preservation of clothes contributing to increasing biodiversity loss (particularly insect species)

Inspiration:

Frequent alarming articles about biodiversity loss in the media. Issue of PNAS n.118 (January 12, 2021) containing a section on The Global Decline of Insects in the Anthropocene. Martin Margiela’s exhibition “9/4/1615” at the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum of Rotterdam, where mold and bacteria grew on garments.

This World was contributed by Elie Seksig (located in 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

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