‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’ is the provocative title of the first ever Sustain Debate, a new event that will launch this month as a part of 2014’s Brighton Fashion Week.
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A panel including Caroline Lucas MP, Carry Somers and other renowned changemakers will be gathering to debate the ethics and sustainability of the fashion industry and its practices.
The event was conceived in the wake of the collapse of Rana Plaza, Bangladesh in 2013, and in support of the Fashion Revolution campaign started by Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro. Fashion Revolution highlighted the broken links in the fashion supply chain, and how little we really know about the journey our garments make before they get on shop shelves.
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Brighton has always identified with a stong ethos, where a One Planet Living attitude inspires a constant exploration of ways to celebrate a high quality of life within a fair share of the Earth’s resources.
Liz Bishop, Event Director at the Brighton Fashion Week, said, ‘Brighton is overflowing with moral thinking and fashion industry practices are not exempt from the discussion. We can all do our part in sharing existing resources and limiting new purchases, but the reality is that we are all still ‘consumers.’
‘We want to have an open discussion to educate ourselves about the hidden costs behind the things we buy.’ After being approached by Brighton and Hove Fair Trade Steering Group members Siobhan Wilson and Christine Gent, Liz seized the opportunity to use the event to draw public attention to the issues around ethics in fashion.
Ethics in fashion
As owner of the FAIR shop on Queens Road, Siobhan has become very outspoken about the fashion industry’s ethical issues since the factory collapse at Rana Plaza. She said, ‘So many people perceive that buying ethically is too expensive, yet so much of what we buy is sitting untouched in our wardrobe or going to waste. It just doesn’t make sense.