World 120, Exploration A

A watercolour painting of a ‘Clothing Library Mall’, with colourful shop fronts called ‘First Ave Fashion’, ‘Guild’, ‘Gutherie’ and ‘Southside 1965’. Standing signs with arrows point to ‘Gallery’ and ‘’Mending event tonight’. Shop windows display garments, with signs reading ‘1970 - Today’ and ‘Try it out!’. A banner reads “#narrating garments show us your style!’.

The Library Mall, World 120

Much like a neighborhood library, garments circulate regional styles, schools or recreation in the area, and celebration of cultural groups that reside there. Theaters, sports teams, venues, or other landmarks circulate discontinued and achieved garments as well.

The storefronts reflect and help organize the inventory but also create other opportunities for reuse. Tools, for instance, are an example of another rental resource available in the center. Documentation, publications, and galleries, and broader programming support these centers, just like a library.

Having a central space for community organization presents other opportunities. Food courts can be a resource for food waste, for example. With organizations or businesses able to trade labor for commercial kitchen use.

The Library Mall is inspired by the abundance of empty shopping malls, an existing ease/relationship with these centers and the avant-garde reinventing of spaces in Station 11 and out of necessity during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

This Exploration was contributed by Lauren Callis (located in the USA), developed from a World contributed by Nikita S.B, 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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