Fashion Revolution 2021

Fashion Revolution says living on a healthy planet should be a fundamental human right – and urgent action is needed from the fashion industry

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Published: 18 April 2021

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Fashion Revolution Week, the annual global campaign calling for a fashion industry that values people and the planet over growth and profit, will run from Monday 19-Sunday 25 April 2021.

This year, Fashion Revolution is calling on the fashion industry and governments to recognise the interconnection between human rights and the rights of nature.

The campaign group believes we need a radical shift in our relationships—with each other, with our clothes, within fashion supply chains and with the natural world—so that the rights of people and the rights of nature hold more of the power wherever decisions are being made.

Globalised exploitation

Fashion Revolution argues that the human exploitation and ecosystem degradation we see all around us today are the product of centuries of colonialism and globalised exploitation, stemming from a western-focused worldview in which human and environmental prosperity are seen as isolated and disconnected from each other.

With garment production predicted to grow by 81% by 2030 , there is ever-growing demand for agricultural land to produce cotton, viscose, wool, rubber, leather hides and other natural fibres.

150 million trees are logged every year to be turned into cellulosic fabrics, such as viscose, and cattle ranching is the largest driver of deforestation in the Amazon.

Cutting down forests leads to habitat loss and makes the risk of disease transmission from wildlife to humans more likely, increasing the risk of future pandemics.

Some of the most severe and exploitative working conditions and worst environmental damage happens deep within fashion supply chains where materials are grown and fabrics are made, as evidenced by recent revelations of forced labour of Uighurs in the Xinjiang region of China.

#WhoMadeMyFabric

The time has come to demand a deeper level of transparency, to ask not only #WhoMadeMyClothes but #WhoMadeMyFabric and who grows the cotton.

Fashion Revolution will be campaigning for a revolution in the way the industry works, for the health of the Earth and the oceans and for our own prosperity and wellbeing.

We cannot continue to extract dwindling resources from an already stressed natural world, pollute our land and our oceans, fall far short of climate change targets, dump our waste on the shoulders of countries we have culturally depleted and ignore inequality and human rights abuses in every part of the industry.

‘Last spring, I saw at firsthand the impact our clothing is having in the remotest corners of the planet.

‘I sailed over 2,000 miles into the South Pacific Gyre, and every water sample we took contained fibres from our clothes. Tap water across the world, including the US and Europe, is widely contaminated with microfibres, harbouring toxic chemicals that can affect our health.’

CARRY SOMERS
Fashion Revolution co-founder

‘Fashion as fashion should be’

Now the world’s biggest fashion activism movement, with teams in over 90 countries around the world, Fashion Revolution will use the week to bring people together from across their community, amplify unheard and marginalised voices and work together to explore interconnected solutions.

Fashion Revolution will be sharing the stories of those affected by change with those who are asking for change, to pressure those who need to change.

‘This Fashion Revolution Week will be packed with initiatives, from our Fashion Question Time event to myriad Fashion Open Studios, with a cohort of incredible international designers.

‘Please do join us in hearing from unheard voices as well as expert opinions, celebrating fashion as fashion should be: inclusive, respectful and just.’

ORSOLA DE CASTRO
Fashion Revolution co-founder

Fashion Revolution events

Over the course of the week, Fashion Revolution will host live panel discussions, webinars, social conversations, commentary and more – stay tuned to @FashionRevolution so you don’t miss a thing. Collaboration and mutual support are essential, because we are more powerful voices for change when we all work together.

FASHION QUESTION TIME

Fashion Revolution’s annual event, in partnership with the Victoria & Albert museum, will once again be streamed live. The format will give industry professionals and members of the public the opportunity to pre-submit questions to panellists on the theme of Rights, Relationships and Revolution.

FASHION OPEN STUDIO

A cohort of designers will be opening up their studios and their practices to the public during Fashion Revolution Week. This year 33 designers from 21 countries across Europe, Africa, Asia and South America will share a single platform which will highlight sustainable innovation, indigenous craftsmanship, local cultural heritage, regenerative and equitable business models and new technology in a unique, curated programme of events.

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