Fashion Revolution’s mantra is: Be Curious – Find Out More – Do Something.
Every year since the Rana Plaza collapse worldwide around the 24th of April millions join the movement and take action for Fashion Revolution Week. The organisation was created to encourage consumers to use their voice and purchasing power for good. In a form of collaborative activism, calling for a fairer, safer, cleaner, more transparent fashion Industry.
I love their approach to the subject. Rather than
making people feel guilty, Fashion Revolution works to show consumers that we
all have the power to make a positive change no matter how big or small, young
or old, rich or poor.
The collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, is one of the worst man-made disasters of our time. The now historic building was reported to have fallen down like a pack of cards on the 24th of April 2013, trapping many garment workers, labouring against their better judgment inside.
When incompetence and corruption mixed with the failure to listen to people, it resulted in an industrial disaster. Some call it the death of 1,000 dreams. The collapse tallied a body count of 1,138 innocent people and 2,500 more severely injured. Many of the survivors lost limbs and thus their livelihoods. Events such as these create a huge knock-on effect. In the wake of the tragedy, many family’s lives were to change forever, and circumstantially ours would too.
I love telling people the story about becoming the proud owner of these vintage sunglasses. I’ve been wearing them all through my travels, they make me feel so cool and unique. They really stand out, but it was a journey.
Today I am sharing the 7 life lessons I’ve learned while travelling and living abroad. The last few months have been overwhelming and busy, each day has brought a new experience or challenge. Sharing the details of this journey has felt impossible because I have still being processing it all myself. I live slowly, valuing quality over quantity in every way, so it was necessary for me to take a break from blogging for a while.
There has been a lot of controversy in the media about empowering “feminist” T-shirts, even charity T-shirts, not being made in the same spirit as they inspire.
I recently did a talk here in Phnom Penh about why fashion is a feminist issue at a feminist festival. It was a powerful day, full of supportive energy that deeply inspired me. I’ve wanted to talk about this topic in more detail since, and what better time than the week leading up to International Women’s Day?