When did Fashion Revolution begin?
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 was born.
There were five garment factories in Rana Plaza all manufacturing clothing for big global brands. The victims were mostly young women. - except from Fashion Revolution website, www.fashionrevolution.org
What is Fashion Revolution?
Since the tragedy in Rana Plaza people all over the world have joined together to create change that will prevent tragedies like this happening again. Consumers have become more demanding of transparency with manufacturers as to where our clothes comes from. Asking #whomademyclothes has put the responsibility back on major fashion brands to ensure that they're producing their clothes in the best possible way. What does the factory look like? What are the ages of people working? What processes and materials are being used? All of these questions are once again holding brands accountable for the clothes that they're selling. The mission of the movement is not to shut down all big brand retailers, it's not to shut down all the factories. The mission being fought for is to educate and bring awareness to the things that are behind the scenes; so that through education, changes can be made.
How can I make a difference?
The first way to participate in Fashion Revolution week is to ask the simple question, Who made my clothes? The hashtag #whomademyclothes trends year round as people want to learn more about the clothes they're getting from retailers. Social media has become such a powerful platform for this movement and by calling these brands to action, we're seeing results. In March 2018, it was found by Fashion Revolution that 152 brands are now disclosing at least some of the facilities that make their clothes! This is huge!
During the week of April 23-29, 2018 events are also being held in numerous cities around the country to educate and connect people who want to change fashion. Below is a link to the events page where you can participate in things like panel discussions, open studios, and meet ups.
If you're not in the US, by visiting fashionrevolution.org/events you can search by country to see a list of different events around the world.
The time is now
Fashion Revolution Week is such an inspiring week for me. I love connecting with everyone who is working towards this mission, learning more, and also spreading knowledge about ethical fashion. In just five years, there have already been so many changes made for the better and I know it's only going to get better!