Who makes your clothes?
It’s a simple question, but one that we rarely thought about until recently. Following the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh on 24 April 2013, in which 1133 people were killed and many more were injured, fair trade and eco pioneers Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro launched Fashion Revolution Day (FDR) – a global awareness movement to end the exploitation of workers by the fashion industry and to change the way we think when we buy our clothes. To do this and to mark one year since the tragedy, they asked people the world over to wear their clothes #InsideOut.
The day was incredibly successful, with a large number of industry leaders, celebrities and other key influencers, including high-profile journalists and bloggers, getting involved, and #InsideOut and #FashionRevolutionDay trending globally across social media platforms.
The highlight, however, was the evening event at the Eileen Fisher flagship store in Covent Garden, where Orsola, alongside FDR Advisory Committee Member Jocelyn Whipple and Eileen Fisher’s Director of Social Consciousness, Amy Hall gave a rallying panel discussion on the importance of thinking carefully when we buy our clothes and making eco and fair trade fashion mainstream.
Eileen Fisher, a long-time advocate of socially conscious manufacturing, was the perfect partner for the well-attended event, which also saw the screening of ‘Handprint’; the short yet powerful film commissioned by Livia Firth and directed by Mary Nighy.