Will our clothes be vintage one day?

This is a question that really interests me. It’s almost as if you’re trying to predict the future. With the state the world has got into, it’s hard to tell what is going to happen.

I began by thinking about fast fashion and the way our clothes are produced. Vintage clothing can sometimes look brand new even though it has been worn dozens of times. In the past clothing was made to withstand wear and be durable.

Nancy in vintage dress – Laura Ashley, early 80s

Nowadays, you can wear a pair of leggings 3 or 4 times and they already have holes in. This is due to the change in the ways we make clothes and the fabrics we use.

With the development of fast fashion, trends are changing every month, rather than every decade.

The clothing industry has adapted over time to keep up with the rise in population.

“Since 1950 the population has more than doubled, as a result we produce up to 80 billion items of clothing a year

Clothing is no longer treasured as it used to be and it’s not kept for as long.  Clothing doesn’t have as much sentimental value either nowadays. Clothing isn’t passed down through generations. In the past you could do this with clothing as it was made to last.

“We live in a throwaway society where once we have worn something a few times we get bored of it and move onto the next trend”

The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world, and after the social, economic and environmental impacts of production, its estimated we send £140 million of clothing to landfill each year

Unwanted clothing: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/fashion/how-clothes-become-car-seats-keeping-high-street-fashion-out-of-landfills-1.2882360

I always wonder if in the past, people imagined the styles they were wearing would be in a fashion museum someday or analysed by students learning about the past. People never imagined that fashion would be cherished in the future so why would we think any different now?

“Will we have piles of fast fashion waste in museums for people to look at? Or will it be all thrown away by then?”

The fashion industry needs to change – what’s the solution?

Nancy Harris – First year Fashion Design student

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