A few weeks ago on Friday 24th April 2015, I joined the Fashion Revolution! Thousands of people took to the Internet and to the streets to challenge the way the fashion industry currently works and ask #whomademyclothes. This year marked the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which killed 1133, and injured over 2500 people.
The Fashion Revolution was initiated in 2013 by Carry Somers, Orsola DeCastro and Jocelyn Whipple , with the support of a global advisory committee of academics, designers and businesses leaders exploring sustainable fashion and textile design.
"WE BELIEVE IN FASHION – AN INDUSTRY WHICH VALUES PEOPLE, THE ENVIRONMENT, CREATIVITY AND PROFITS IN EQUAL MEASURE, AND IT’S EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT THIS HAPPENS." Fashion Revolution, 2015.
This year, I volunteered to be regional co-ordinator for Scotland, alongside Niki Taylor and Annalisa Simonella. We hosted a Pop Up exhibition titled “Who Made My Clothes?” at the Lighthouse, in Glasgow. This exhibit showcased sixteen reclaimed garments, the average amount disposed of annually per person (WRAP, 2013). Our aim was to encourage cherishability by demonstrating a rich mix of techniques for refashioning items within our own existing wardrobes. The garments showcased included work from Prof Becky Earley, Shirley McLaughlan,
We also hosted a master class demonstrating how to give back life to old clothes by successful costume designer and sewing teacher Iona Barker. Visitors were invited to ask well known brands #whomademyclothes by sharing a selfie using social media via our Photo Booth that will include a ‘Fashion Tardis’ for styling and transforming your outfit ensemble before staring in your own photo shoot. During the afternoon we initiated a Fash Mob on Glasgow’s busy high street. As we marched through the high street, curious passers-by asked us questions.
During the evening we hosted a film vert, curated by Annalisa.
I would also like to say thank you to:
- Ian Elder, Director at the Lighthouse, Glasgow and his wonderful team who provided tremendous support.
- Jenny Fraser , at the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow for hosting the 'Film Vert' in the evening.
- Laura Kissel the Director of Cotton Road who allowed us to host a free screening of the movie.