As you may know, this week is Fashion Revolution Week.
Fashion Revolution Week is the #whomademyclothes campaign in April, which falls on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1138 people and injured many more on 24th April 2013. That is the day Fashion Revolution was born. During this week, brands and producers are encouraged to respond with the hashtag #imadeyourclothes and to demonstrate transparency in their supply chain.
Fashion Revolution’s vision is fashion industry that values people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure. To help raise awareness and bring that vision to life events are being organised across the globe.
Here is a selection, of just a few events that are happening across the UK this Fashion Revolution Week.
River Blue screening
6pm – 9pm
Following international river conservationist, Mark Angelo, RIVERBLUE spans the globe to infiltrate one of the world’s most polluting industries, fashion. Narrated by clean water supporter Jason Priestley, this ground-breaking documentary examines the destruction of our rivers, its effect on humanity, and the solutions that inspire hope for a sustainable future.
This film screening is hosted by the Responsive Art & Design Society, GSA Sustainability and Fashion Revolution and is the start of a week-long thread of events hosted at GSA as part of Fashion Revolution Week 2018.
Tuesday – 24th
Print the revolution!
For a small donation to Fashion Revolution, University of Portsmouth students will give your old clothes a new lease of life. Holding on to that great T-shirt with a small stain or mark? Our students will print one of their amazing printed textile designs over it and you will have a new unique garment to wear.
Love Not Landfill – FREE Swap & Style Event
10am – 12pm
Are you into pre-loved fashion? Ever wondered what designer treasures might be hidden in a textile recycling facility?
Love Not Landfill Swap & Style Event at LMB Textile Recyclers in East London
An exclusive chance to rummage through thousands of clothes, many unworn. You’ll select outfits with Emma Slade-Edmondson, the stylist behind Back of the Wardrobe and Charity Fashion Live and be photographed by a fashion photographer in your fabulous finds!
Bring a bag of unwanted clothes to swap and take your new outfit home for free.
Wednesday – 25th
Open studio – Elvis & Kresse
10am – 12noon
We will be giving you a workshop tour and introducing our partnership with the Burberry Foundation. You will get to see brand new items before their release and meet our head designer, Elvis, who never leaves the workshop.
Open studio – Vivienne Westwood
3pm – 5pm
Fashion Open Studio at Vivienne Westwood : the couturiers’ guide to traditional British tailoring, avant-garde design and the distinct couture techniques of the house.
Since 1971, Vivienne Westwood has been a pioneer of the fashion industry, becoming Britain’s first fashion Dame in 2006. Vivienne Westwood is not only considered a symbol of British avant-garde, but also one of the most influential and recognised designers in the world today.
Specially for Fashion Revolution’s Open Studio, Vivienne Westwood couturiers will guide guests through the design process and offer an insight into the evolution of the collections at Vivienne Westwood’s London atelier. Shown during Paris Fashion Week, ‘Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood’ is a unisex concept collection created at the atelier.
Thursday – 26th
Introduction to Ethical Fashion Talk
6pm – 8pm
For day 4 of Fashion Revolution Week we will be hosting a free introductory talk about ethical fashion, it will include:
– Brief history of modern fashion
– The emergence of fast fashion
– Why ethical fashion is the future
So, if you’re interested in understand more about the fashion industry, what ‘ethical fashion’ is all about and how it can change the world, be sure to come by.
Sustainable Design, Sourcing and Buying
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Sustainable Design, Sourcing and Buying panel discussion hosted at the London Sustainable Fashion Rooms.
As ethical fashion moves from niche to norm leading figures in the field discuss the devastating effects of the conventional supply chain and champions new ways of sustainable sourcing. 5 years on from the Rana Plaza tragedy this week-long curated shopping and events programme aims to deepen the debate on fashion.
Safia Minney – MBE, Author, Activist, Managing Director of Po-Zu & Founder of People Tree
Sven Segal – CEO and Founder of Po-Zu shoes and Founder of online knowledge hun, the Better Shoes Foundation
Nina Marenzi – Founder and Director of The Sustainable Angle and The Future Fabrics Expo
Tamsin Lejeune – CEO of Common Objective, Managing Director and Founder of the Ethical Fashion Forum
Bronwyn Lowenthal – Design Director of Lowie
Fashion Revolution Week at Tibits
Building a sustainable wardrobe can be overwhelming and often people don’t know where to start. Join us for breakfast in collaboration with Fashion Revolution Week at Tibits where Celebrity Stylist Holly will be sharing her top tips on how to re-purpose your wardrobe and understand what sustainability actually means when it comes to personal style.
There will also be a specially curated collection on show of Holly’s favourite sustainable, ethical and vegan designers, which you can browse through along with any questions.
There are many, many more amazing events going on.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. For the full run-down of Fashion Revolution Week events visit the website: https://www.fashionrevolution.org/events/
We’d love to hear about anything that you go to our are planning on going to! Help us spread the word.