It’s Fashion Revolution Week Worldwide: events, talks and social awareness campaigns to achieve a more sustainable fashion industry.
Fashion Revolution Week 2017 kicks off today, Monday, April 24th, , (continuing until next Sunday April 30th). From Milan to London, from Prato to Jakarta. A myriad of talks, events and social awareness campaigns all aimed at promoting a more sustainable fashion industry.
“The global fashion business re-imagines its future based on solid ethical foundations: more respect for human rights, greater attention for the preservation of our natural resources and more transparency across the whole supply chain in order to make consumers more aware of their style and clothing choices. The highlight of the week is a newly composed monologue by Lella Costa on the global impact of fashion, which will take place starting at 6.30 pm next Thursday 27th of April at NonostanteMarras concept store, on via Cola di Rienzo 8, Milan.” writes VOGUE ITALIA.
Good read is Fashion Revolution’s second edition of the Fashion Transparency Index report, released today and assessing 100 global brands and retailers with revenues over $1.2 billion and ranking them according to how much information they share about their supply chains. Average score for all 100 brands is 49 out of 250, proving that there is still a lot of work to be done. Adidas and Reebok score highest in transparency, followed by Marks & Spencer and H&M just to name a few.
A novelty of Fashion Revolution 2017 edition: Open Studios initiative, greatly putting transparency at the forefront. For this initiative – curated by Tamsin Blanchard – established designers worldwide were asked to open their studios to the public and share their inspiration. Transparency is definitely the new key and buzz: showing and celebrating the invisible process behind designers finished collections, the reality of the team, and see the people, the materials and the work that make our clothes.
Some examples of Open Studios participation: Christopher Raeburn will be hosting several open studio events throughout the week, including a VIP evening and a daytime public workshop where guests will be invited to make and customize their own tote bag using off-cuts from his production. Raeburn will also conduct studio tours opening up his space in the old Burberry factory in Hackney, east London. “I am very proud of my studio and like to open it up as a creative and community hub whenever I can, with regular workshops to teach people how to sew as well as how to repair and customize their clothes and accessories,” he said. He is partnering with Avery Dennison and has invested in ten new sewing machines for his workshop program and is looking forward to helping people stitch and personalize their own #TotesRemade bags.
Other global events include open-air workshops in Prato, Italy; a tie-dye workshop by Raquel Allegra in Los Angeles, US; shirt-making with Wilsen Willim in Jakarta, Indonesia; and a peak behind the scenes with Kit X in Sydney, Australia.
“As consumers, we have power. We are the driver of trends, and every time we buy something, we’re voting with our wallet. When we speak, brands listen. As consumers, we need to know who makes our clothes and under what conditions. We need to be able to scrutinize what it is we’re really paying for. We need to know that the people who clothe us are being paid enough to live with dignity. Otherwise, we’re effectively and unwittingly contributing to the exploitation of others”. Carry Somers, Fashion Revolution Co-founder
Transparency! Yes, please!
Source: Fashion Revolution Press Release, Vogue Italia, Nonostantemarras