What Will The Fashion Industry Be Like In 2025?

Everyday it seems as though more and more progress is made towards developing sustainability in the fashion industry. The list of eco-fashion designers continues to grow and new and improved technologies are constantly emerging.

While these innovations are extremely fascinating, and provide great hope for a fashionable future, I am still left with a serious question. What will the future of the fashion industry look like?

Today I inched a little bit closer to the answer to this HUGE question, when I stumbled across Forum for the Future and their Fashion Futures 2025: Global Scenarios For A Sustainable Fashion Industry.

The handy dandy, and extremely detailed report, which was compiled as a collaboration between  Forum for the Future and Levi Strauss (the go-to source for daisy dukes), really blew my mind.

The forum was founded in 1996, as an independent, non-profit organization on a mission to promote sustainable development. With an abundance of eco-expertise, the forum came up with four different scenarios that depict how fashion companies can successfully embrace sustainability in the future.

Of course, the forum has taken into account the inevitable factors of climate change, population growth, and globalization.

Are you wondering what the future of fashion could look like? Check out the four scenarios below.

1. Slow is Beautiful—a basic collaboration between politics and global trade. Pushes for quality over quantity, vintage clothes, and smart clothes.

2. Community Couture—Nothing is thrown away. The wealthier members of society buy new clothing, and everyone else rents clothing from clothing libraries or recycling centers.

3. Techno-Chic—Upon swapping over to a low-carbon economy with major technological innovation, people use 3-D body scanners and virtual mirrors to try on clothing. Chameleon clothing, or clothing that changes color and style to fit what is “in,” is most popular. All clothes are designed for reuse.

4. Patchwork Planet—Resource shortages drive innovation and garments are grown from bacterial cellulose. Edible clothing is also introduced. Clothing is basically designed to create many different looks and consumers only have to update their wardrobes with small pieces from the latest trend.

Wow! Edible clothing? Chameleon clothing? Clothing that is biodegradeable? It is almost as if we have transported to another dimension! However, we are talking about 2025, so who really knows what the boundaries will be? These scenarios certainly do take sustainability into account, which is very promising. Although I am not so sure of how realistic these schemes are. But they are definitely some prospects to think about.

So look at that—on the quest to find an answer to my question, it looks as though I may have found four.

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One response to “What Will The Fashion Industry Be Like In 2025?

  1. Thanks for publishing this article! I am putting my business plan together for an eco fashion, jewelry and decor firm that focuses on green-practices through sourcing and then selling vintage and antique items that can be re-styled, re-purposed or just re-invigorated through curating, historical research (giving the objects’ stories to the buyer and not just the object itself) and placement in the marketplace of an international audience through the internet and social media. This data really helps me to clarify what direction I should plan on taking this exciting enterprise.

    Gretchen Jones, the newly minted winner of Project Runway Season 8, is a dear friend of mine and she is wearing my vintage jewelry (and a few new creations I made from new old stock materials) both on the show and now in her press interviews. If you would like to interview her for your blog, please let me know and I will see if I can get you an in (she was on Regis and Kelly and GMA this morning and wore a necklace of mine). I realize not everyone loved her designs or onscreen persona this season, but trust me, she is a very compassionate, sweet and ethical person that just wants to do whatever she can to bring beautiful clothes to market that are locally made of sustainable fabrics and practices, paying living wages and supporting communities like Tribal Native Americans and the suffering garment manufacturing communities we see throughout the country.

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