Nearly 5 years ago, Rana Plaza -the workplace of over -collapsed, killing over 1,100 people, injuring over 2000 workers, affecting the lives of many.
This tragedy which was avoidable brought some of the negative impacts of the fashion industry to the forefront of conversations. In response to Rana Plaza, Fashion Revolution was founded to “unite people and organisations to work together towards radically changing the way our clothes are sourced, produced and consumed.” Every year since, on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, people from across the globe come together to demand fashion businesses do better. This year is no different.
From April 23rd until the 29th, consumers are encouraged to use social media to ask brands about how they make clothes using the #WhoMadeMyClothes. While this hashtag is a staple of Fashion Revolution Week and way for us to show brands what we are in fact interested in change, Fashion Revolution Week also presents other opportunities for us to impact fashion. We have compiled a selection of events taking place during Fashion Revolution Week for people visiting or living in London:
Broadening the Media Debate on Ethical Fashion & the Vegan Revolution
When? April 28
Chaired by sustainable fashion powerhouse, Safia Minney, join panellists including the founder of Wear the Walk, Zoe Partridge and former Metro Style Editor’ Bel Jacob, as they discuss creating systematic change within the fashion industry.
Sustainability Sunday at Wolf & Badger
When? April 22
Get an early start on Fashion Revolution Week with Wolf and Badger’s roundtable session. I had the pleasure of speaking at this in the past and it’s a great space to meet like minded people and learn more about doing good. You’ll also be introduced to sustainable brands, like Ivywake and Salome, from the Wolf and Badger world.
Embroidery and Appliqué Upcycling Workshop with Lowie
When? April 25
As part of this workshop you’ll learn upcycling skills you can take home and use all year round. It might save you a bit of money knowing how to revamp that gem from last season that made you feel great.
RÆBURN REPAIRS: An Open Day of Free Repairs
When? April 28
Renowned designer, Christopher Raeburn is opening up his studio for a day and offering free repairs. Giving you the chance to resurrect that one piece you love that’s missing a zipper or has a rip. Grab a ticket to Raeburn Repairs, visit the studio and give your wardrobe the Raeburn face lift.
Love Not Landfill Swap and Style
When? April 24
This Fashion Revolution Week, Love Your Clothes and LM Barry will provide a unique opportunity to see the inner workings of a textile recycling facility in their swap and style event. Guided by stylist, Emma Slade-Edmondson, you will be able to trade your unwanted clothes for new finds from the recycling facility.
Find other events taking place across the globe via the Fashion Revolution website.
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