On April 24, 2013 over 1,100 mothers, fathers, and children were killed in the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza, leaving another 2,500 people injured. Completely preventable, the collapse of Rana Plaza is the worst industrial accident of this century. Fashion Revolution is an international movement challenging fashion companies to reshape the garment industry through demanding brand transparency, ethical business practices, and sustainable production methods. We fight for those who have lost their lives by the greed of fashion conglomerates and for those still working in similarly horrendous conditions today.
This April, Chicago area activists, scholars, business owners, and others are joining together to for a week of action to shed light on the pitfalls of fast fashion while showcasing alternative options by supporting the growing number of locally-owned ethical apparel companies. Here is what the week looks like:
MONDAY, APRIL 24: Spread the word! #WhoMadeMyClothes?
People around the world wear their clothes inside out. Possibility: Screening of “Clothes to Die For” film and panel discussion.
TUESDAY, APRIL 25: Learn more! “Made Do and Mend” and “The True Cost” Screening Event
Columbia fashion students will be on hand from 5-9 PM at 623 S. Wabash to upcycle and mend used clothing that might otherwise end up in landfills, as well as screen printing on recycled t-shirts! A screening of “The True Cost,” a seminal film about the fast fashion industry, will be held at 6 PM in the Hokin Lecture Room of the same building.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26: Explore alternatives! Fashion Show and Panel with Keynote Speaker Kelsey Timmerman at Columbia
Columbia College Chicago will host an ethical fashion show, interactive displays, and a panel with keynote speaker, Kelsey Timmerman, author of “Where am I Wearing?” at 618 S. Michigan from 6-9 PM. The fashion show will take place in the 2nd floor lobby, with the screening in the Stage 2 theater, also on the second floor.
THURSDAY, APRIL 27: Take a stand!
Support all businesses and organizations working on this issue. Swap a conventional purchase for a fair trade option, or show appreciation to a brand already upholding fair trade standards!
FRIDAY, APRIL 28: Make your voice heard!
Delegation to deliver signatures to major retailer (TBD) urging them to sign and comply with the Bangladeshi Fire and Safety accords. Delegation will depart from Columbia’s campus at 10 AM, passing by DePaul’s downtown campus and then Loyola’s water tower campus, concluding with the deliverance of signatures to a Michigan Ave retailer.
CHICAGO HAS CHOSEN TO BE A VOICE FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE ONE.
Change can happen in numbers. We need your help. Please join us in honoring those who have lost their lives to the destruction of fast fashion. Help Chicago revolutionize the garment industry alongside activists from over 90 countries by celebrating Fashion Revolution Week this April.