Everything You Need To Know About Fashion Revolution Week

by: Rosie Dalton | 5 months ago | Features

Image: behind the scenes at the Denimsmith factory in Melbourne. Image source

Fashion Revolution Week marks the anniversary of the tragic Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, which claimed the lives of more than 1,100 garment workers and injured more than 2,500 on April 24th 2013. This year, the commemorative event will be running from April 22-28 and it’s a great opportunity to show your support and help work towards a more responsible future for fashion.

“I saw that the Rana Plaza disaster could act as a catalyst, with the heightened awareness around ethical fashion providing a window to bring about real change,” says Fashion Revolution founder and ethical fashion pioneer, Carry Somers. “Fashion Revolution Week represents an exciting opportunity to reconnect fashion lovers with the people who made their clothes”.

So with the sixth anniversary of Rana Plaza almost upon us now, we've curated a refresher course on everything you need to know about Fashion Revolution.

1) What is Fashion Revolution?
According to Fashion Revolution Australia/New Zealand coordinator and industry consultant Melinda Tually, “Fashion Revolution is the global movement advocating for a more responsible and transparent fashion industry.” Founded in response to the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh, the organisation is run by people power, she says. “We now have multiple volunteer teams in over 100 countries, as well as citizen consumers, who are passionate about seeing a more just fashion industry,” Tually explains. “We advocate on everything from worker rights, living wages and factory safety, to textile and fashion waste, microplastics and resource scarcity. So basically right across the gamut of people and planet. Where there is an issue, we try to raise awareness and encourage action to be taken."

2) When is Fashion Revolution Week 2019?
Each year Fashion Revolution Week marks the April anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse and, this year, Fashion Revolution Week will run from Monday April 22 until Sunday April 28. But you can get involved in the revolution all year round, so it is never too soon to take action. 

3) How can you get involved in Fashion Revolution Week?
“On the 6th anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1,138 people and injured many more in 2013, we encourage millions of people to ask brands #whomademyclothes and demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain,” explains Fashion Revolution. You can ask #whomademyclothes with a simple social media post, or by going directly to the brand. Either way, the organisation says that “the more people who ask #whomademyclothes, the more brands will listen. Use your voice and your power to change the fashion industry. Together we are stronger.”

 

Find out how else you can get involved in Fashion Revolution Week over here.

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