This is a fashion magazine cover and page spread/mood board depicting an especially valuable garment in World 107. In this world, fashion waste is minimized through the circular nature of the fashion money system.
Just as when desirable fabrics, like parachute silk, were reused for fashionable garments like wedding dresses and jumpsuits, useful textiles were reused. Textiles that are waterproof and durable, or that can insulate for heat and cold, are reclaimed through circular recycling systems, such as from existing recycled fabrics or unused umbrella factory waste.
Polyester for umbrellas, for example, is reused in the creation of rainproof garments. This usually cheap material would make up a valuable garment which is modular; the parts and functionalities are exchangeable, such as removable sleeves and pockets and layers that are insulating and self heating, for warmth in winter, or cooling mesh patches or ice pack pockets for summer.
This Exploration was contributed by Chandrama, Helle and Grace (located in India and the UK), developed from a World contributed by Ann-Sophie Maria Mueller, Natasha Tjandradinata, Payal Vinod Harilela, Reyhan Faustino and Vivian Darlene Utomo, 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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