Anthropocene

Nothing here is new.

 Thesis

It can be made socially unacceptable to produce “new” textile by changing how and why we dress, upgrading mainstream culture and drastically reducing global pollution.

Through our work we can create communities of shared values in a practical attempt to combat alienation in the modern world.

 Proem

I am not sure that beyond the work of radical poets, I’ve ever seen much mention in literature that a car requires gas, that the gas requires the oil industry, the oil industry requires imperialist war, etc.”

Fashion produces 10% of humanity's carbon emissions.

Forty-two people hold over half the world’s “wealth”.

Fashion is the same shit over and over.

Our organizing must aim for a balance between two strategic goals. First, we need initiatives to radically transform the social structures of the world to eliminate the systems of oppression like capitalism, imperialism, white supremacy, patriarchy and heterosexism that confine us to states of oppression and exploitation. Second, we need initiatives to transform ourselves and our communities through autonomous, self-reliant institution building, resource maximization, resource development, and community care.


Climate Change

We’re all aware something must be done to prevent the most catastrophic consequences of climate change, but feel powerless to affect anything on a meaningful scale. Fashion offers a quickly influenced portion of global culture we all take part in.

Fashion

We generally buy new clothes to show belonging, avoid ridicule, feel empowered and to get high. We don’t need new clothing production to do this. Instead, we need better fashion and a better culture surrounding it.

We can recontextualize previously produced clothing and material in an effort to make it culturally elevated and useful for our needs. This elevation seeks to empower people whether they are in used clothing that has been recontextualized or not.

Because the wealthy must distinguish themselves from the poor to utilize their power in social settings, they are in constant opposition to the fashions the poor have access to. This also seeks to help obscure the fact that most wealthy people struggle with justified feelings of inadequacy within their positions of power. The luxury industry takes advantage of this insecurity by creating artificial scarcity in both clothing items, age and body types. Culture then conflates clothing, youth and specific body types with “what makes people desirable”.

However these things are not all related directly to good fashion. Clothes are contextual, age is contextual and body types are contextual. What is specifically desirable for you is not the same for anybody else. And so in an effort to increase desirability, the poor try to dress rich, and the rich try to look more like extreme body outliers who advertisers deem as “beautiful” in order to keep beauty out of reach of even the most wealthy.

For the most part, children of models occupy the actual “wanted” hot elite where as the bulk of the rich (the money makers if you will) at least view themselves as unattractive, leading to their obsession with power and money (and “perfection”) and it’s supposed promise of making one “wanted”. Unfortunately this is not how it works. If someone “wants you” for material possessions or protection, as soon as they have you, that “want” is gone and revealed for the phantom it is.

Culture

Most people’s confidence is destroyed by their parents before they are able to develop a sense of self and style. This causes them to seek invisibility, dressing and behaving in a manner to avoid inspiring an insult from their guardian. Or in another way, designed to purposely piss that guardian off, aware abuse is on the way regardless.

This mind-state continues into adulthood where standing out in the office or on the street stirs fears (or hate) from ones youth. Clothing choices then become based on trickle down advertising trends, as fast-fashion companies rip off the luxury brands so that the average person can cosplay more like a rich person. This is overall seen as “fitting” into society as the rich are terrified by a public who does not want to be like them. Holding the same power as parents did in early life, the rich will ridicule the poor for both the attempt or no attempt at all.

By learning to understand our individual beauty and developing it together as artists would, we can separate from the youth and hierarchical body obsessed culture the advertising agencies have created. We can learn to see the body that is the “ideal”, or even that there is a singular “ideal” body as laughable. By developing our own theory of what is “Hot” and what is “Not” we can learn to focus on developing a real understanding of beauty untied from those who seek to manipulate us.Through this we see that clothes don’t really matter at all, but they can be fun and deeply communicative.

By creating a culture of local clothing redistribution, maintenance and information sharing we can move fashion away from screaming “Look how good I can buy things advertised to me!” or “Look how unlike I am to all the people doing that!” into a more nuanced and caring conversation.

Creating and sharing affordable clothes that help us avoid ridicule and feel empowered can create a sense of community that is inclusive, not exclusive. We can learn to maintain our clothes and mend them, providing material and financial support for members of the network. Through the process of choosing to wear and share clothes that expand the conversation of daily life, we can create a sustainable cultural upgrade that will replicate itself out of usefulness, like a tool.

Conclusion

By making used clothing more socially acceptable than new clothes within all class levels, and working to keep them available and affordable we can actively slow down global pollution. We can cultivate much-needed community through our work while redistributing concentrated wealth to local communities.
from Latin instaurare "to set up, establish; renew, restore," in Medieval Latin also "to provide, store," from in-"in" + -staurare, from PIE *stau-ro-, suffixed extended form of root sta- "to stand, make or be firm". The meaning "to keep in store for future use" (1550s)