-wear：to have something on one’s body as clothing, decoration, or protection.
Competitiveness + instrumental rationality + desire = -wear
Autonomy + action + sustainability = USELESS-wear
USELESS-wear stays away from casual wear, suits and uniforms. It is not a product or collection of specific garments.
USELESS-wear is an approach to achieving lived aesthetics of low material desire and high life experience, reducing pressure and anxiety in marketisation and monetization.
USELESS-wear is participants connecting with communities and exploring their identities in ‘useless culture’. Everyone empowered to create their own value.
USELESS- wear does not deny the meaning of commodities, it gives them new recognizable and traceable meaning.
USELESS-wear is a system opposing utilitarianism and instrumental rationality. It is not expected to achieve a desired end or outcome, fighting against profit-based and efficiency-oriented working systems. It examines fashion systems through the perspective of decommodification, questioning which group or class of people fundamentally benefit from fashion.
USELESS-wear is a weapon, resisting the hegemony of neoliberalism, calling for an environment without competitiveness, filled with rich living resources.
USELESS-wear is a new luxury, which can neither offer practical promise nor better realistic circumstances within our HIGHLY COMPETITIVE SOCIETY.
New Luxury – An open resource, a slow fashion community.
Text : ZHENG LU