Fashion Revolution is a global social movement aimed at uncovering where our clothes and accessories come from.
Each year Fashion Revolution Week brings people from all over the world together with the aim to change the story for the people who make the world’s clothes.
The week is a poignant one, remembering the anniversary of the Rana Plaza Complex collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh which killed 1,134 people and injured over 2,500 on April 24, 2013. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/01/rana-plaza-collapse-dozens-charged-with-murder-bangladesh
Fashion Revolution encourages us, the consumers, to consider the implications of our fashion choices. It asks followers to the movement to be curious about the clothes we wear and to apply pressure to fashion brands by asking them to reveal their companies manufacturing linkages. Check out the hashtag #whomademyclothes or follow Fashion Revolution Day Aus NZ
Inspired by the global movement, in 2016 HuGS ran its first Fashion Revolution Evening with talks, maker workshops, and a clothes swap to highlight the many ways fashion can become more environmental and ethical.
This year Fashion Revolution Week falls during Week 8 of session and we’ll be holding a clothes swap here on campus.
So go through your cupboards! Find those pieces that you love but just never wear, give them a new life, and get something else fabulous in return!
To ensure the clothes swap is fair for everyone we’re setting a few ‘ground rules’:
- Item drop off on the day in the CSE Meeting Room, Building 11 from 9am-11:30am on the day
- Once you drop off clothes you’ll get a raffle ticket
- Swap will occur from 12:30pm-1:30pm
- Limit of 5 items per person to drop off and swap! This isn’t designed to be an event to dump all your unwanted clothes. Whilst left over items will be donated to a charity, many charities are already overwhelmed with the amount they receive: http://www.1millionwomen.com.au/blog/the-pros-and-cons-of-donating-clothes-to-charity/
- We will accept good quality clothing, footwear, accessories
- We won’t accept undergarments, swimwear, soiled or damaged garments i.e. noticeable stains, big rips are no-no’s. But missing buttons are ok. Think: Would I give this to a friend? If no, then it’s not good enough to give to a stranger.
- Guys clothes are VERY welcome. Men wear clothes too!
P.S. We’re seeking volunteers who are keen to help out sorting clothes during drop off times, during the clothes swap, and afterwards for pack up – you’ll get first dibs on all the best items! Contact Susie (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the times you are available.