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.
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.
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?
We are more aware than ever before about the ways modern fashion negatively affects the environment. People all over the world are experiencing an environmental awakening when it comes to our clothing choices. We can’t talk about sustainable clothing without discussing the cloth garments are made from. Agreed?
Selecting a fabric is one of the first steps in the design process. Determining how the final garment will look, feel, and cost. Over the years fabrics have been adapted to meet the rise in demand and the plummeting costs of clothing.
Where ever we are in the world, whether we like it or not, we all need to wear clothes. Cultural norms differ but that will always remain the same. If like us, you’re a bit of a geek, you’ll know there is a lot of speculation circulating as to what fabrics have the least environmental impact, meaning they are the best to use.
September is a big month for fashion, its Fashion Month. All over the world hundreds of shows will take place, setting the trends for the coming season. This September we are asking big questions about a sustainable fashion future. We also took advantage of being in a location with a pool.
Though out our lives we take stock and ask ourselves important questions. Is our life taking the shape we want or are we rushing through life? Are we getting caught up in short-term goals, instead of looking at the bigger picture? This is the question I asked myself recently and I found the answer was a resounding, yes, to the later. So I thought it is time we start asking the same questions to the industries that serve us.