24 April, Fashion Revolution Day, is a date that should be pencilled in to the schedule of any forward-thinking fashion follower.
‘On Friday over 60 countries around the world and tens of thousands of people will be participating in Fashion Revolution Day, a day that keeps the most vulnerable people in the fashion supply chain in the public eye.
‘I encourage everyone to join the Fashion Revolution and wear their clothes inside out for the day, take a picture and post it to social media asking #whomademyclothes.’
Liz Bishop, founder of Brighton Fashion Week
Fashion Revolution is a global coalition of designers, academics, writers and business leaders who are calling for systemic reform of the fashion supply chain.
To commemorate Fashion Revolution Day, Brighton Fashion Week has releases a three-minute video of the Sustain Debate that took place at Brighton Fashion Week in 2014.
The debate, sponsored by Brighton and Hove Fair Trade and the Fair Shop, included a panel of renowned change makers, including Caroline Lucas MP, Carry Somers and many others.
It brought forward the issues of ethics and sustainability within the fashion industry and helped the audience to challenge their ideas about what’s acceptable when it comes to buying clothes.
The origins of the debate began in 2013 with the collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh; ever since, support for the Fashion Revolution campaign – started by Carry Somers and Orsola De Castro – has grown stronger and stronger.
While many are interested in the brand of their clothing, they aren’t so informed about the journey each piece takes to reach the shelf. The campaign has brought to light a behind-the-scenes side of the fashion industry that isn’t always so innocent.
The date 24 April 2015 is significant as it helps to highlight the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse. It killed 1,132 people who were hard at work producing clothes for an audience unaware of the hours that were being put in for the luxury of a new pair of jeans.
Brighton Fashion Week is set to take place on 17-20 September 2015. Stay up to date by visiting brightonfashionweek.com.
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