Image: Rachel Manns, Fashion Revolution © 2015
Fashion Revolution Day is April 24th. Groups worldwide will be gathering not only to remember the 1133 people died in the Rana Plaza catastrophe just two years ago, but to incite change and celebrate those who are creating a more sustainable future. Events will be happening in 65 countries and range from art installations to secondhand sales to photo booths.
The Fashion Revolution Day team encourages you to sign up for the Fashion Revolution Day Thunderclap campaign. This allows for campaign messaging to go out on April 24th and to instantaneously reach hundreds of thousands of followers.
If you’d like to take things a step further and show some physical solidarity, below are ten Fashion Revolution Day events you just might want to show wearing your clothes inside out to.
Space Between t-shirt production made from obsolete corporate uniforms
Space Between is a thoughtful new way to design, make and use locally-produced fashion. On April 16th, they will celebrate Fashion Revolution Day and kick off the launch of their brand with a flashmob in Wellington, New Zealand’s Central Business District. Come out to celebrate the debut of some of their creations and some “slightly cheeky actions” by the flashmob.
This year is the 25th anniversary of Earth Day! To kick off the week of Fashion Revolution and Earth Day, representatives from Fashion Revolution and Zady will be in Union Square to inform consumers of the connection between fashion and the environment. “We are excited to bring the conversation about the need for supply chain reform to the forefront here in the U.S.,” say Zady co-founders Maxine Bédat and Soraya Darabi.
Traceable is set against the backdrop of the fast-fashion industry and follows emerging designer Laura Siegel’s journey across India to produce her collection. The film explores our disconnection to the people who create our garments and the communities impacted by our consumption. The BF+DA will be screenign the film on April 23rd with Zady, followed by a panel with Traceable Director/Producer Jennifer Sharpe. RSVP here.
Fashion Takes Action (FTA) is Canada’s only non-profit fashion industry organization devoted to sustainability. This year, they are leading a campaign using the power of fashion to inspire change and reconnect the broken links in the supply chain. To symbolize this chain, FTA is working with fashion schools across Canada, holding sew-ins with Ontario schools to create a literal fabric chain.
People are encouraged to write messages on the cloth squares that will make up the chain. The squares represent the supply chain, as well as a petition to brands to be more transparent about how their garments are made. Find the sew-in schedule and more information here.
Image: AO-Photography for Africa Fashion Guide
Social Enterprise Africa Fashion Guide will host a full day conference on Fashion Revolution Day. From cotton specialists, to retailers, to designers, to research specialists, to manufacturers — industry leaders in African fashion will discuss and promote the full supply chain of African Fashion Design, Textiles, and Manufacturing. The conference will focus on the subtopics Sustainability, African Fashion Manufacturing, Responsible Sourcing, Africa’s Retail Market, The Growth of the African Designer market, and Africa as New Luxury.
The Twin Cities’ first Fashion Revolution event will be held at the Minnesota Textile Center. The program for the evening includes a screening of Cotton Road, a runway show featuring recycled, repurposed, handmade, thrifted, fair trade, eco-friendly, organic, or ethically made clothing choices, and introductions to local ethical vendors.
WFTO-Asia will present the Vice documentary, “From Sex Worker to Seamstress: The High Cost of Cheap Clothes” at the Sangdee Gallery, Thailand. Attendees are encouraged to wear their clothes #insideout and ask the brands who made them #whomademyclothes on social media. Enjoy a photo booth, DJ session, and other activities for Fashion Revolution Day.
#SewSolidarity with the garment workers in Bangladesh on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse. Bring a Made In Bangladesh garment that you would like to repair, alter, or transform to the free workshop at TRAID Peckham. You can also participate online.
Image: Rachel Manns, Fashion Revolution © 2015
The Lighthouse, Glasgow Pop Up exhibition will showcase sixteen reclaimed garments, the average amount disposed of per person annually. There will be refashioning demonstrations as well as a class by costume designer and sewing teacher Iona Barker. Ask brands #whomademyclothes with a selfie via a Photo Booth that will include a ‘Fashion Tardis’ for styling and transforming your outfit. Plus, a secret “Fash Mob” on Glasgow’s busy high street!
Image via TRAID
Tour the high street brands behind fashion’s’ dirty secret to honor the victims and demand accountability. Hear about the UK high street brands that are undermining attempts to make Bangladesh’s factories safe, and those that are dragging their feet to pay the victims’ compensation. Learn more about workers’ fight for fair wages and dignity and be inspired by what they have accomplished. This walk is organized by Labour Behind the Label & War on Want with the support of Fashion Revolution, Rainbow Collective, and The Brick Lane Debates.
Find more events in your city on the Fashion Revolution events page.