In World 176 on the Scottish island of Islay the inhabitants have developed a shared wardrobe, instigated in the cash-poor 1950’s by a charismatic landlord who ran clothes swap Wednesdays and supported by the wealthiest family on the island to flatten hierarchies.
Gender, age and status are inclusive as garments are shared and the semiotic communications present in garments are recreated and subverted creating a flexible and progressive/ing values in the community. Combinations, alterations and embellishments are welcomed that values individuality and skills, empowering everyone to engage as much or little as they would like. The spread of this prototype community is spread through the sale of the island’s whiskey globally.
What if …
we were to share wardrobes?
World Generator and workshop
This World was contributed by Stephanie Wooster (located in Bristol, UK) 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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