Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fashion Revolution Day: Do You Know Where Your Clothes Were Made?

April 24th was Fashion Revolution Day, a day when the fashion community gathers to remember the 1,133 garment manufacturers who were killed, and the 2,500 who were injured, in Dhaka, Bangladesh when Rana Plaza, the building they were working in, collapsed. Cracks had appeared in the building the day before, but the workers were told that if they did not come to work on that day, they would not receive their attendance bonus for the month. The workers were paid barely enough to live on, and could not risk losing their attendance bonus, so instead many of them lost their lives. The clothing that was being made in that factory was for stores such as Benetton, Mango and Zara.

To celebrate Fashion Revolution Day, I attended a networking cocktail event hosted by London Ethnic, which is a British company who provides a platform for British designers who manufacture their clothing in Great Britain under sustainable and positive labor conditions. The event raised money for the families of the victims of the disaster. The event was a great chance to get out into the city, and I had a lot of fun taking pictures of the models while raising money for an important cause!

Fashion Revolution Day seeks to gather together people who love fashion and encourages them to ask "Who Made My Clothes?"The hope is that by asking that question, it will bring awareness to the difficult lives many garment workers lead and encourage companies to do everything they can to improve these workers' lives.

To find out more about Fashion Revolution Day, visit their website here.

To find out more about London Ethnic, or to shop their online boutique, visit here.

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