I've told you before, I'm inspired by a revolutionary attitude, and you know that I'm devoted to fashion. So you should already know that something called Fashion Revolution Day would get me fully pumped up - racing heartbeat and all. Today was a blast and I am truly inspired by the amount of attention Fashion Revolution Day has received.
Fashion Revolution Day is a global recognition and remembrance of the Rana Plaza Tragedy that occurred one year ago today (April 24, 2013). The Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh is the worst tragedy in all of fashion history and resulted in the loss of more than 1,100 lives - many of which belonged to children. This tragedy has highlighted the issues that lie in fast and cheap fashion. When consumers demand cheap goods at lightening speeds, it is no wonder that the production of those goods becomes an ethically murky and incredibly dangerous process. Don't think that the fashion victims are overseas only, though. You and I are suffering from poisonous heavy metals and toxins that our clothing is exposed to throughout it's production cycle. And, yes, you are putting that right up against your skin.
Today is the day that will mark the turning of the fashion industry. Fashion Revolution Day urged consumers to turn their clothing inside out and to ask, "Who made my clothes?" By asking this question we are holding ourselves as well as the clothing companies we purchase from accountable for our actions. Do you want to wear that t-shirt that a 12 year old Bangladeshi girl died for just because it cost you less than $5? I sure do not.
So today, in solidarity with fashion revolutionaries and garment workers around the world, I turned my clothing inside out and asked "Where was this made and whose hands have touched these garments?"
And this is what I found:
- Made in USA (SF and LA)
- Fair Trade from Peru
- Consciously made in Argentina
- Handmade artisan goods from Barcelona
- Vintage finds
I am proud to say that I put a lot of effort into purchasing only good items. A 100% sustainable and ethical closet has been a goal of mine for about a year and a half now, and I must say that it is coming along quite nicely. It was very difficult at first, but since awareness has heightened after the Rana Plaza tragedy, many and more companies and individuals are pledging to make their products up to my standards.
(If you want some tips on how to shop sustainably and consciously, stay tuned. I am reading a new book called Wear No Evil by Greta Eagan and am working on a comprehensive post all about shopping good!)
All in all, I have had a very giddy day. From getting dressed this morning to seeing hundreds of people on Twitter and Instagram question the origins of their clothing to meeting some wonderful artisans at the Fashion Revolution Day event in SF; I am truly inspired! I am so happy to have seen so many people participate in this important turning point in fashion history and I look forward to seeing many more start to pay attention. It's time for a Fashion Revolution.
- Bag - Consciously made in Argentina - Cuyana
- Earrings - Handmade artisan wares from Barcelona
- Top - Vintage
- Jeans - Made in LA - Red Engine Jeans
- Flats - Fair Trade from Peru - by Fortress of Inca purchased through Kaight Shop
- Blazer - Organic cotton and surplus silk fabric hand-sewn in the Bay Area - Amour Vert
If you would like to learn more about Fashion Revolution Day, visit fashionrevolution.org or search the hashtag #insideout on your favorite social media.