Get ready for FASHION REVOLUTION WEEK 23-29th April 2018, and be part of the biggest global movement campaigning for a fairer, safer, fashion industry. Use your voice and your power to make this year stronger and louder than ever before! Join the movement- it’s time for a revolution in the fashion industry!
This year’s campaign marks the 5th year anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which shook the fashion world and ignited the world’s biggest fashion activism movement for a fairer, safer, fashion industry.
Since Fashion Revolution started, people from all over the world have used their voice and their power to tell brands that things must change. And it’s working. Brands are listening and being more open about where their clothes are made. More manufacturers are making their factories safer. More producers are being seen and heard.
First off, what is Fashion Revolution, and why does it need a week dedicated to it?
On 24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. 1,138 people died and another 2,500 were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history.
That’s when Fashion Revolution, the world’s largest fashion activism movement, a global charity campaigning tirelessly for systematic change in the fashion industry, was born. Now, during April every year in countries all over the world, Fashion Revolution Week is our opportunity to ecourage as many people as possible to ask #whomademyclothes?
Our clothes have gone on a long journey before they hit store shelves, passing through the hands of cotton farmers, spinners, weavers, dyers, sewers and others. Approximately 75 million people work to make our clothes. 80% of them are women between the ages of 18 and 35, and the majority live in poverty, unable to afford life’s basic necessities. Many are subject to exploitation; verbal and physical abuse, working in unsafe and dirty conditions, with very little pay.
Today, both people and the environment suffer as a result of the way fashion is made, sourced and consumed. This needs to change, and the only way it can is if we all decide to start asking questions and taking action.
But the story is far from over. We are only just getting started. We can’t stop until every garment worker who makes the clothes we love is seen, heard, paid properly and working in safe conditions. We need this Fashion Revolution to be bigger and bolder than ever. Join us for Fashion Revolution Week 23-29th April and ask brands #whomademyclothes?
The official Fashion Revolution Scotland event is 1138, a programme of unique events lasting nearly 24 hours, each minute representing a person that died on this day 5 years ago. Taking place in various venues throughout Edinburgh on Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th April (save the date!) events will include:
- Film screening of the new River Blue documentary
- Panel discussions and talks from industry and academic experts
- Networking breakfast, drinks reception
- ‘Memory walk’ accross the city, street campaign and photobooth
- Clothing swap shop, indie fashion fair and live fashion shoot
- Live poetry slam and fundraising club night
- Textiles workshops