Words by Isabelle Cameron
ON April 24 2013, more than 1,133 workers were killed and 2,515 workers injured due to hazardous working condition in the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh. Fashion Revolution strives to honour the victims of this disaster by creating awareness and demanding better working conditions for the unacknowledged and silent garment workers of the fashion industry. They begin this fight by asking consumers: Who made your clothes?
The factory, which produces garment for companies such as Benetton, Bonmarche, Joe Fresh, Mango, Matalan, Primark and Walmart, disaster was deemed to be the deadliest garment-factory accident in history and yet not enough has been done to improve garment workers’ working conditions.
The first part to fixing any problem is to recognise the problem – admitting is the first step after all.
The problem is, often when you are twirling around in front of that full-length mirror you are only thinking about the way your butt looks in those pair of paints. Not the hard work done by someone, somewhere who continues to suffer from unfair working conditions in order to enable the world’s fashion addiction.
Fashion Revolution is about giving credit where credit is due and now it’s Brisbane’s turn to join them.
Sponsored by Oxfam UQ and Sinerji, Being The Change: Inside Fashion Revolution is the official Fashion Revolution Event for Brisbane and will be held this Friday, the 9th of May 2014 at The University of Queensland.
The event will be a mix pot of fashionistas, students, designers, local politicians, musicians, factory workers, campaigners, academics, the media (like us!) and anyone else who wants to be a part of the positive power that fashion can enforce.
For a Friday night worth instagramming about, come along to experience powerful speakers, fashion fashion fashion, models, creative and sustainable styling, a number of fun and interactive side activities, delicious food, champagne, music and rub shoulders with Brisbane’s fashion crème de la crème.
Do this great and fashionable cause a favour – heck, do yourself a favour – get fashionably educated, be aware and ask yourself: is your fashion to die for?
Press here to purchase your tickets!
See you there MoFos!