World 177

In World 177 in 2020, a small village is known for being forward thinking, non-judgemental and accepting of all. This village is an hour drive from London and every year there is a fashion design exhibition where anyone can submit a contribution. A 14 year old uses a local plant to weave their own fabric and designs a bright yellow jumpsuit with long sleeves, a turtleneck and flared trousers which they submit to the exhibition. This item drew a lot of attention as it was so unique and felt ungendered. It soon became desired by all so the 14 year old got to work producing the fabric and putting the garment together for the whole village.

Soon after, when the Brexit deal was finalised, under the terms and conditions it was agreed that there would be no more shipment of fabric into the UK. This meant the entire country was having to ration the fabric they already owned. The 14 year old began making more and more jumpsuits to cater for the new demand. Due to the high paced nature of fashion in London they had run out of fabric and so they began buying the jumpsuits off of the 14 year old. Soon the entirety of London wore the same yellow jumpsuit everyday.

People expressed their creativity through editing and adding to their jumpsuit. People cut the sleeves off, created new necklines and drew onto their jumpsuit. Edits that were made were rarely permanent, Londoners washed out drawings and added zips, buttons and Velcro which they had cut out of old clothes so that they could re-attach sleeves, add collars or unzip the trouser legs to make a skirt. Soon the whole country was wearing the same yellow jumpsuit which they wore everyday and washed at night but each had their own unique personality, edited each morning as an expression of creativity.

What if …

everyone only had the exact same garment to wear everyday?


fast fashion and fashion trends requiring people to constantly change their wardrobe


different types of styling and a love of yellow and jumpsuits and their versatility

This World was contributed by Maisie-Mae Minors (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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Published by Amy Twigger Holroyd

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