Fashion Revolution is a movement trying to change the fashion industry into an industry that values people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measures. Fashion Revolution wants us as consumers to change the way we think about fashion and demand better from the brands we buy from. They want a cleaner, safer, fairer, more transparent and more accountable fashion and textiles industry.
Ever since I watched The True Cost film last year I have become more and more interested in learning about my clothes and where they came from. I have already spoken about The True Cost film on this blog so please go and read that post to find out more (read The True Cost here). This film opened my eyes to the truth behind fast fashion; the way the garment workers are treated and the poor pay and conditions, the fact that fashion is the second largest polluter (second only to oil and gas) and the way the industry is designed to make us buy new clothes every week.
This film completely changed the way I viewed my wardrobe and led to me starting my capsule wardrobe (read about my fashion journey here). I wanted to ensure I was buying less and only buying what I needed, rather than another cheap top which I probably wouldn’t wear anyway.
The problem is we don’t know anything about our clothes. A lot goes into making our clothes much of which we don’t hear about. Yes, we know about the designers, the brands, the shops, the catwalk shows and glamorous parties but we don’t know about the cotton farmers, spinners, weavers, dyers, sewers and other factory workers who make the clothes we love. This side of fashion is hidden. Not only do we know nothing about who makes our clothes, they don’t know who buys the clothes they make. The fashion industry needs to become more transparent to reconnect these broken links, creating a chain of value and relationships.
So why are we so oblivious to where our clothes come from, we wear them every day surely we should know more about them? This is where Fashion Revolution comes in. Next week is Fashion Revolution week (18th – 24th April) and they are asking us to be curious about where our clothes come from. Ask yourself:
- Who made this?
- With what pay and conditions?
- With what environmental consequences?
- What kind of lives do the garment workers live?
- Do things have to be like this?
- What can I do as a consumer?
Fashion Revolution want us to share a picture of our clothes with the label showing (wear them inside out) and tag the brand asking #whomademyclothes. If we as consumers start asking more about where our clothes come from brands will have to act.
If you want to find out more about Fashion Revolution check out their website here, they also have lots of events running across the country for Fashion Revolution week which you’ll find details of on the website. Remember to post your picture of your clothes label, thanking whoever made the garment tagging in the brand and using the #whomademyclothes. Keep an eye on my Instagram for my picture.
If you want to learn more about the dark side of the fast fashion industry I highly recommend watching The True Cost. Everyone I know who’s seen the film has spoken about the impact its made on them. The True Cost is available on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and iTunes. There are also lots of screenings taking place across the country. Visit http://www.truecostmovie.com to find out more.
I also recommend reading Lucy Siegle’s book ‘To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing out the World?’ if you want to go a little deeper. You can purchase the book here.