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It’s Fashion Revolution Week – Here’s What You Need to Know

What is Fashion Revolution week?

Seven years ago on the 24th of April, the garment-manufacturing building Rana Plaza in Bangladesh collapsed killing 1134 people and injuring another 2,500. Since the deadliest garment factory accident in history, consumers around the globe have demanded a greater level of transparency about the steps the fashion industry is taking to protect the rights of garment makers around the globe.

Each year around the anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, Fashion Revolution week shines a light on the steps needed to bring revolutionary change within the fashion industry. Fashion Revolution campaigns for a clean, safe, fair, transparent and accountable fashion industry – a fashion industry that is able to lift people out of poverty, provide them with dignified livelihoods and conserve our planet. In other words, a fashion industry that values people and the planet over profit.

What will Fashion Revolution week 2020 focus on?

Fashion Revolution week 2020 comes amidst the COVID-19 crisis which has already led to many major brands and retailers shutting up shop and cancelling supplier orders and payments.

The trickle-down effect has been enormous, and more often than not, it is the workers within the supply chain that already live in poverty that are taking the brunt of the blow.

While the global pandemic is taking its own devastating toll, human rights abuses, modern slavery and environmental degradation email rife within the industry.

“In the midst of this global pandemic, the need for citizens to hold brands and retailers to account is more pressing than ever before. Over the past weeks, we have seen the devastating impact of brands’ buying practices on some of the most vulnerable workers overseas. Now, more than ever, we need to keep asking #whomademyclothes and hold these brands, many of whom have made immense profits in recent years, to account for their actions,” says Carry Somers, Co-Founder and Global Operations Director of Fashion Revolution.

This year Fashion Revolution week will focus on four key areas:

Consumption

According to Fashion Revolution, current estimates suggest that 150 billion new garments are produced annually. The rise of fast fashion has meant that now produce more clothing than what we need and many consumers are guilty of throwing garments away having worn them just once.

Fashion Revolution is calling on fashion lovers around the globe to change the way we think about fashion  – to adopt new ways of engaging with and consuming fashion and engage with the brands that we love to encourage them brands to rethink linear business models in favour of more circular, environmentally friendly models.

Composition

While many of the fabrics that we wear on a day-to-day basis are made from precious natural resources, the ways in which these textiles are produced tend to have a massive environmental impact. From clothing that sheds plastic microbeads to harmful chemical dyeing processes, the way that we create and produce textiles and fashion need to change to ensure the safety of workers, wearers and generations to come.

Conditions

According to the Hult Research & Ethical Trading Initiative, 77% of UK retailers believe there is a likelihood of modern slavery in their supply chain. Thie year, Fashion Revolution is calling for deeper transparency to help end modern slavery and uphold the human rights of everyone in the fashion supply chain.

Collective action

From poor working conditions, gender equality and the devastating impact that the current fashion industry model has on the planet, the fashion industry continues to exploit people and resources. We have a stronger voice when we unite which is why Fashion Revolution wants everyone to join together this week and advocate for change within the industry.

How can I get involved?

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It’s easy to get involved with Fashion Revolution week. The first thing you can do is start a dialogue with friends, family and the brands that you buy.

Post a selfie on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag the brand that you’re wearing and ask them#WhoMadeMyClothes #WhatsInMyClothes.

Let Fashion Revolution know how brands respond by tagging them @fash_rev.

Not into posting selfies? Fair enough. Why not write your favourite brands an email asking them the same questions? If the brand responds, consider asking them some specific questions about gender equality, fair pay, safe working conditions and C02 emissions.

For the fashion industry to change, policymakers need to shift their thinking too. Write a letter to your local government – you can use the Fashion Revolution postcard for policymakers template here.

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Gwyneth Paltrow auctions off Oscars dress for coronavirus relief

Gwyneth Paltrow is auctioning off her 2000 Oscars dress to help provide food for people in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

But it seems like she won’t be sad to see the back of it – she once dissed the dress for not being “Oscars material”.

In a 2013 post to Goop in which Gwyneth rated her best and worst Oscar looks, the star ranked it as one of her worst.

“It’s an okay dress but not Oscars material. I chose it because I wanted to disappear that year,” the actress said.

In a video posted to Instagram, Paltrow explained why she was donating the hand-beaded silver Calvin Klein gown.

“It’s very end of the 90s, which is back in style now so I thought it would be a good one to donate,” she said.

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In an effort to focus on organizations providing food assistance, I have joined the #allinchallenge which is raising money for @mealsonwheelsamerica, @nokidhungry, @wckitchen, @feedingamerica and @americasfoodfund. I am donating a dress I wore to the Oscars (and that holds great sentimental value!) which I will personally hand to you over a cup of tea or a glass of wine. Go to allinchallenge.com to bid as 100% of funds will go to help Americans currently experiencing food insecurity. I love you @garyvee for being part of this. I now challenge @drewbarrymore @camerondiaz and @lakebell.

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Paltrow is donating the dress as part of the All In charity challenge in which celebrities are offering people the chance to bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Leonardo DiCaprio has been leading the charge with challenging fellow celebrities to donate experiences or items. The actor is offering fans the chance to win a walk-on role in the next film he makes with Martin Scorsese.

The proceeds from the All In Challenge will be donated to Meals on Wheels, No Kid Hungry, The World Central Kitchen and America’s Food Fund.

So far, the challenge has raised more than $US10 million.