Future of Fashion: The Emperors New Clothes at Human Scale

Fashion as a Fun House Mirror

Personal fashion story #1

Fashion as Therapy

“Using fashion as a medium to discuss mental health is not a new phenomenon. At the beginning of 2000, Alexander McQueen, tied between addictions, mental disorders and anxiety, used his shows to translate his inner thoughts to the world. His suicide at the end of this decade rattled the industry. This dramatic event shed light on the necessity to talk about mental health in the field. However, we would need to wait until the mid-2010 to deeply tackle this issue and bring it to the mainstream.” [ https://www.geraldinewharry.com/getinspired/fashion-as-therapy ]

Fashion Politics

Fashion Externalities

“Fashion is one of the world’s most damaging industries — it is responsible for about 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, sucks up scarce water and creates vast amounts of pollution and waste. But the desire for the latest look is only increasing. Global fashion sales grew by about 4.5 percent to $1.7 trillion in 2018, found analysts at McKinsey and Company, who said social media is bringing trends to consumers at an ever swifter pace.” [ https://vrroom.buzz/vr-news/fashion/trendsetters-embrace-virtual-clothing ]

Fashion in Virtual Reality

Digital Futures Webinar
Black Desert Character Creator
Daz3d puppet authoring — with a typical focus on female young white bodies as the base neutral
PhotoShoot AR

Fashion Compulsion

I’d argue that there’s no need for kids to be fashion conscious.

Fashion Essentialism


Fashion applied to the Body

Fashion Freedom?

Escaping the Fashion Police

Rudy Giuliani Dresses in Drag for 2000 Charity Dinner
You cannot go too far to be fabulous at the Edwardian Ball
Scott Levkoff (Edwardian Ball and Kink Salo Co-Founder)
Edwardian Ball
Polly (Kinky Salon Co-Founder) and friends

Personal Fashion Story #2

  1. The one exception to self expression is the Burning Man Rangers — who all dress alike — to show that they are providing an important community safety service. This costume is either brown shorts or a kilt, and a brown shirt and a brown hat, with radios and typically some other role signifiers. In this role you are seen as providing a certain duty, and expected both to not step in to innocent play, but to also step in when there is real risk. I did take this program and I did learn a lot in terms of finding the right social safety balance between letting issues take care of themselves but also being proactive and being willing to “wear the costume” and step in when one felt like it was otherwise normally inappropriate to do so.

Fashion Aesthetics

Fashion Minimalism

Fashion Personal Story #3

Fashion Futures

Sensoree has clothing that shows your internal mental state; and is designed to help people see the moods of other people around them, such as the elderly, or even say a hazardous situation such as in space.
There are many artistic explorations of meaning and embodiment that start to push the meaning of clothing; as an adaptive surface that mediates our interactions with people around us.[ https://vrroom.buzz/vr-news/fashion/trendsetters-embrace-virtual-clothing ]


  1. It lets you build a puppet.
  2. It lets you dress a puppet.




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