How Technology and Fashion Are Working Together To Give the Emperor A New Makeover
Most of you are probably familiar with “the Emperor’s New Clothes?” That is the story of how the emperor is promised new clothing that can only be seen by those are deemed worthy. The only problem is that his new clothes are actually nonexistent. A kid finally cries out, “he is not wearing any clothes.” One of the morals of the story is how no one believes, but everyone believes that everyone else does. In layman’s terms, the story is about pluralistic ignorance. We have an inability to call someone out on something for fear of going against popular opinion.
How does this relate to fashion and technology?
Technology has been paving the way for our future for a while now. However, some people remain ignorant of the possibilities. They know that everyone else believes it. They just refuse to believe it themselves.
Technology is the clothing our world is going to wear in the future. It is something we can see and touch.
1) Ethical Versus Unethical Practices In the Fashion Industry
Various tech tools recently uncovered that some fashion companies have been using unethical practices in their manufacturing. There has been a lack of transparency when it comes to where companies are manufacturing their clothes. Greed gets in the way and companies are not being held accountable for their own ignorance. That is very similar to the “Emperor’s New Clothes.” The emperor is greedy and ignorant. Too many people were afraid to speak up on account of his ignorance and greed.
2) Wasteful Spending Lead to A Lot of Worthless Paperwork
Technology has spent some time uncovering the fact that fashion houses waste a lot of time and money on insignificant things. They bury themselves in paperwork and other purchase orders that do not amount to much of anything.
Technology has helped to prove that companies should abandon the paper trail and go paperless. A Blockchain Smart contract can help replace the papers and make things more refined in the fashion industry. A smart contract can also hold fashion houses accountable for what they fail to do.
3) Supply Versus Demand
Some companies use a supply chain instead of a demand chain. That is wasteful because there is a lot of unsold inventory. That unsold inventory is thrown away and the company loses money on it.
Too many stores are keeping stock that most people do not want to buy. Every season brings a new change. People are not always buying what they did last year. Tastes change. Various tech tools can pinpoint where the changes are and adjust accordingly. That will streamline the stores. The fashion houses can keep what sells and get rid of what is not. They can also use that as a benchmark for what to order next season.
More people need to wake up. We need to stop living like the Emperor and start living like the little kid who called him out on what he saw.