World 41, Exploration C

Female fashion model in a black dress with bright pink embellishments.

In World 41, new clothes are no longer available for sale. Consequently, used garment components are traded via a vibrant and growing spare parts market.

This page from a popular magazine includes a fashion shoot, showing a dress made up of a bodice of one very expensive Zandra Rhodes dress, sleeves from a shirt from Matalan bought in 2017, and a skirt from a dress bought from Primark in 2015.

Other features include a calendar highlighting National Sew at Home Day and step-by-step instructions for reworking an item at home.

Adverts reveal the commercial opportunities that have arisen in World 41: a service that offers to hunt for the perfect garment part; an advert for a highly esteemed role at a fashion rejuvenation company; and a handy gadget, the Join-o-matic, that enables the trouble-free fastening of mismatching components.

This Exploration was contributed by Alison Peck, Cathy Rudman, Julie Ripley and a Fashion Fictions contributor (located in the UK), developed from a World contributed by Sally Cooke, 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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Published by Amy Twigger Holroyd

explorer of Fashion Fictions

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