On 24 April 2013, 1,133 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. One year on, social and environmental catastrophes continue in our fashion supply chains. Fashion Revolution Day seeks to turn a spotlight on how our clothes are manufactured, encouraging consumers to ask where, how and by whom their outfits were made. UAL is supporting the day, which will see social media campaigns, fash mobs, catwalks, debates and demonstrations across London, as well as global events from Austria to Australia.
LCC have created a short animation explaining the initiative, background and how to take part, which is highlighted on the Fashion Revolution website and can be found on the UAL YouTube channel.
Meanwhile, students from London College of Fashion will be taking part in a demonstration on Oxford Street from 3-5pm, before creating a Fash Mob event on Carnaby Street at 5.30pm. See the full schedule on the Fashion Revolution site.
UAL staff have been speaking to the media, sharing their expertise on why Fashion Revolution Day is so vital. Renee Cuoco, from the Centre of Sustainable Fashion, spoke live on BBC London this morning, while the Centre’s Director Dilys Williams’s commentary piece appeared in the Metro today.
The initiative’s social media campaign asks supporters to turn their clothes inside out, take a photo tagged #insideout and tweet @Fash_Rev and the clothing brand asking ‘Who Made Your Clothes?’ using #fashionrevolutionday. Follow the hashtag to see UAL staff and students taking part.