It's Fashion Revolution Week, meaning the ethics of the £2 trillion industry.
Today marks the four year anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, in which 1,138 garment factory workers were killed and a further 2,500 people injured.
Now in it’s third year, Fashion Revolution Week remembers those that had their lives cut short in the name of fast fashion and works to improve the conditions and wages of the 75 million garment workers across the globe.
Fashion Revolution was co-founded in London by fashion designers Orsola de Castro and Carry Somers. The movement has now spread to almost 100 countries. It has support from celebrities and big names in fashion including Stella McCartney, Lily Cole and Lauren Laverne.
|Relatives of Rana Plaza victims hold photos of their loved ones. @Rohat Ali Rajib|
At the other end of the scale, 90 per cent of cotton farmers and factory workers have no possibility of negotiating their wages or conditions.
"Have you ever wondered who makes your clothes? How much they’re paid and what their lives are like?," asks Orsola de Castro.
"Eighty percent of them are women between the ages of 18 and 24. Many of the people who make our clothes live in poverty. This needs to change.”
How can you contribute? -> Take part in Fashion Revolution Week! (24-30th April 2017)
Take a label selfie, tag the brand and ask them #whomademyclothes on Twitter and Instagram account. Head to www.fashionrevolution.org/resources to find everything you need to spread the word!
Last year, #whomademyclothes reached 129 million people through 70,000 posts. Around 1,200 brands responded, some with an opaque link to their CSR policy, others with detailed information and even photos of the garment workers.
More information about Fashion Revolution Week: http://fashionrevolution.org
Fashion Makes Sense - FASHIONCLASH Festival 2017
FASHIONCLASH Festival's 9th edition is composed around the theme 'Fashion Makes Sense'.
Through ‘Fashion Makes Sense’ FASHIONCLASH this year focuses on senses and making sense in relation to fashion. Ask yourself: 'Does fashion make sense to you?'. Find it out during FASHIONCLASH Festival, 29 June - 2 July 2017 in Maastricht.