I am Lottie, a designer and ethical fashion enthusiast. Passionate about forging a positive fashion future for all women around the world, workers, consumers and mother earth herself.
I think fashion is a feminist issue. For many reasons just a few I manage to cover in the video, have a watch and let me know what you think in the comments below.
While I’m not versed in public speaking, so please forgive me for a few mistakes I make. I do love a challenge. When the opportunity came up to discuss my nerdiest topic, I took it. Because, how often do you get the chance to discuss this with a microphone and a crowd listening?
A few days later I proceeded to have a minor meltdown. As I was already overwhelmed by my workload. I panicked about finding the time to physically prepare in one week but I managed to pull it all together in the end and I was quite proud of the result.
The talk was part of the Phnom Fem festival, celebrating all things female. I was speaking alongside many other inspirational women presenting poignant topics, such as women in business, FGM and hobbies turned careers. We were all super supportive of each other which felt really great.
Each talk was based on the Pecha Kutcha style of presenting which encourages talks to be concise and to the point. There are exactly 20 slides and each moves on after 20 seconds. It was not easy to reduce all the information into such a short space of time. Especially discussing the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. Where 1,138 people died and another 2,500 were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history, and the event that shocked many into change.
I tried to provided as much information as possible while keeping up with the momentum and dealing with nerves.
My talk was all about why fashion is a feminist issue.
There are many reasons why. I tried to keep the tone inspirational covering ethical fashion as a movement, not a trend, one which is inclusive and growing in momentum. Why feminism needs to be reflected
I wanted to dedicate my talk to all the fashion workers in the world that are over worked and underpaid. I have felt like one of those people many times before. It took me 6 years and a sexual harassment case to fully realise I don’t want to be a part of the fast fashion world any longer.
Fashion helps dictate our culture and we want to start bringing ethics to the heart of fashion. Ethical fashion is not just about garment workers being treated fairly, it is also about us. We need to rethink our relationship with our clothes and how we can shape culture in a responsible and respectful way. It is not enough that fashion looks good it also has to do some good too.
Fashion is overwhelmingly produced with women in mind, so we really do hold the key to change.
So please watch, I hope you find it interesting and engaging. Like I said this was my first go at speaking in front of a large crowd, so please don’t judge me too harshly.
I will finish on a quote that unfortunately couldn’t be squeeze into the talk. This quote is from a garment worker:
“This is a global issue. We need to consider the whole supply chain – from the cotton growing to the final production, to the women wearing the clothes.
We need solidarity, and we need to take global action to address this problem. You can buy clothes cheaper than a coffee or a meal – and that kind of buying behaviour has to change.”
So lets spread the word, this is a global issue, a lifestyle issue, an environmental issue but also never forget a feminist issue, and we all hold the power to change.
Ps. Fashion Revolution week is coming soon (22nd-28th April) so don’t forget to use your consumer’s voice and ask #whomademyclothes. Click here for all the info you need to take part.
Have a great day. Love, Lottie xx
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