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Chaos embrace


We failed to mobilise a collective, global response to climate change. After a decade of intense climate shocks, a global economic recession and widespread social unrest, a new social order is emerging. In 2025, the world watches in horror as the last of the Western Gray whales died as a result of the oil and gas exploration in the North Pacific. Communities begin to organise beyond classes and national borders in sharing resources and knowledge. In 2028, South Korea and Taiwan become the first countries in the world to announce that they will use crowdsourced intelligence as the basis for all their legislative decisions.

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Global frameworks like the SDGs and the Paris Agreement are long gone and forgotten. The world retreated from globalisation as things crumbled and power is redistributed to local governments and communities focused on building self-sufficiency and resilience, mostly as a result of a prolonged economic recession.

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Everyday fashion is centered around well-crafted, utilitarian garments that are kept and worn for long periods of time. With a shortage of key raw materials, most fashion is either sourced locally or pre-owned & remade. Personal style has become strongly linked to local identity and is often customised with themes, images or symbols that represent community, cultural or political affiliation. Fashion activism played a critical role in protests over the past decade, including people wearing clothes that expressed their dissent with dominant regimes, and sculptural clothing worn by performance artists to bring attention to social and environmental issues.