The Fashion Revolution is Here!

Hi everyone! Today’s post is going to be a bit different: I won’t show you pictures of my last bra or a new tutorial. Instead, I wanted to talk about something more meaningful: maybe you’ve heard that this week is the Fashion Revolution Week and you are familiar with the initiative. But, for those of you who aren’t, here’s a quick recap:

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On 24 April 2013, 1134 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the Rana Plaza complex collapsed in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The people who worked there were making clothes for some well-known international fashion brands, but worked in really poor conditions. So, the Fashion Revolution initiative started as a way to protest against situations like that, reclaiming instead a cleaner, safer and more ethical way to develop the fashion industry.

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Since then, the Fashion Revolution Week is held every year in over 70 countries around the world, and consumers are encouraged to think about the workers and processes behind the clothes they buy. This can be done by asking the brands “Who made my clothes?” via social media like Instagram or Twitter.

This is a way to promote transparency in the fashion industry, and transparency is essential to assure that human rights are respected in every step of the process, and also that sustainable environmental practices are implemented. With initiatives like this, we as consumers can do our bit to change the fashion industry. As it’s written in the Fashion Revolution webpage, “We want clothes that we will be proud to wear”.

Image via Fashion Revolution Pinterest

So, if you want to take part and know more about this, you can go to the Fashion Revolution web (there are lots of free great resources there!) or follow their Instagram or Twitter account. And maybe your country has an official delegation with its own website. Also, there’s an amazing post about how can you be more involved in this movement as a maker, on the In The Folds blog. And, last but not least, don’t forget to ask #WhoMadeMyClothes! 😉

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3 comments

  1. Great post Sofia. Everybody likes a bargain but the true cost of what we wear can be very eye opening. Having worked for Nike many years ago, I understand how important it is to know who made my clothes.

    1. Thanks, Karin!! Since last September I’ve been taking a professional course on industrial pattern cutting, and I may end up working for a fashion retailer (you know, Spain is the origin of the biggest international fashion retailer, Zara!), so now I feel more committed than ever. I believe that both the consumers and the workers can (and should) do our bit to change the fashion industry for the better 🙂

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