Visualization: What We’d Wear If China Didn’t Exist

Posted by Adele Peters

When two interaction design students in Copenhagen started researching the histories behind their friends' outfits—where they were made, where they were purchased, and where the clothes had traveled—they started wondering what the modern world would look like without China.

Their photographs are a simple exploration of what other students wear on a daily basis, and what they’d look like stripped of everything made in China. 
 
The World With China:
china-made clothing
 
The World Without China:
a world without chinese clothing
 
In the United States, 41 percent of our clothing is made in China (57 percent comes from elsewhere around the world, with only 2 percent made domestically). I tried the experiment on myself, and was left wearing only socks—which may also have been made in China, but they just weren’t labeled.
 
Curious which brands manufacture in the United States? Check out lists from Save the Garment Center and A Continuous Lean