The Fashion Revolution
Happy New Year and Happy New You.
We will hear at least the first part of that statement at least for the entire month of January. When we think about those few short words other than the calendar year, how is it new. Just because we are in the first 30 days of a new calendar year will our thinking, feeling and look remain the same. How will we create a change in every aspect of our lives. What will we stand up and do differently?
When thinking how I could start the new year off with excitement, I knew first hand that I definitely didn’t want to talk about New Years Resolutions. So instead, I thought about committing to a resolution that don’t somehow (for most) seem to last out of the month of January. The next word that came to mind was revolution. The next normal action when a word is given to me is to google it and find out its meaning. According to dictionary.com, a revolution is a sudden, complete or marked change in something. And because I am a lover of all things fashionable, I thought about creating a Fashion Revolution in our everyday look and style! So my research went further and I found an amazing website…FashionRevolutionary.org. Their main purpose and cause is to find out exactly who makes the clothes that you wear everyday.
Just a little history from the organization…
“On 24 April 2013, 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the worst ever industrial disaster in the fashion and textile industry. It wasn’t the first, nor was it the last, but it is symptomatic of how little respect is given to the people who make our clothes and the environment they work in. Fashion Revolution says, enough is enough.”
They also are working very hard to inspire and motivate people all over the world to…
“Be curious. Find out who made your clothes — from who spun the threads, to who sewed them together, to who grew the cotton in the first place. Last year, in over 60 countries around the world, tens of thousands of people participated in the first Fashion Revolution Day on 24 April 2014. This year we want to go even bigger.”
We all hear so much about sweatshops and how much people in third world countries are underpaid for making items that we invest hundreds and thousands of dollars to wear on a daily basis.
Because of my love of secondhand shopping, I have found the passion of becoming a sustainable designer who repurposes garments and create something even more beautiful out of preworn garments. This fashion revolution move has given me the information and answered so many questions that I always pondered like, where do our clothes come from, who actually sews them, how much does it actually cost to make a garment that we invest $500 in.
According to info from the movement “So much is hidden within the fashion industry, largely because of its scale and complexity. The public does not have a clear picture of how it all really works, from fibre through to final product and what happens to our clothes when we get rid of them.”
This movement has motivated and inspired me to continue to provide more knowledge and create more of a burning desire of my passion for the Fashion Industry. So I can say that I will join the movement most importantly to find out more about the ins and outs of the Fashion Industry and how it has evolved and where goes from this point forward.
So now, in the New Year of 2016, will have create a resolution(s) or become a part of a Revolution?
Start by asking your favorite designer… “Who made my clothes?”