Join us for an inspiring evening exploring ethical apparel choices including a fair trade fashion fair, inspiring guest speakers, and a ‘Sustainable Style’ fashion show!
Fashion Revolution Week occurs every year in remembrance of the Rana factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1,138 people due to gross negligence of safe working conditions.
This year, several DePaul University departments and student organizations will partner to host an evening centered on the question: how can we support global ethical and sustainable practices in the garment industry?
Fashion Revolution Fair: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Speaker Panel: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Fashion Show: 7:30 – 8:30 pm
The fashion fair will include a variety of activities and student booths dedicated to alternative solutions to fast fashion. Light fare and beverages will be served. Activities include:
Fix It Friday: Lost a button? Ripped your favorite jeans? Illinois State University’s student group Fix It Friday will offer free basic sewing, mending, and clothing repair services. isufixitfriday.org
Clothing Swap: Declutter your wardrobe of garments you no longer wear and swap them for new-to-you fashion finds.
Fair Trade Shop: Organized by Chicago Fair Trade, peruse fair trade clothing and accessories made by local cooperatives and socially conscious designers. chicagofairtrade.org
Knitting Therapy: Learn to knit from artisans at CEW Design Studio, a Chicago-based art therapy social enterprise serving Bosnian refugees and South Asian immigrant women. creativelyempoweredwomen.com
Discover global perspectives on shifting the garment industry towards more humane practices in a panel discussion moderated by Bill Cavanaugh, Director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology (CWCIT).
Nasreen Sheikh: Former child laborer in Nepal’s garment industry, Nasreen escaped at 12 years old and later founded Local Women’s Handicrafts. She is an anti-sweatshop activist educating consumers about fair trade principles. Lwhnepal.com
Donnie Hodge: CEO of Alta Gracia, a collegiate apparel company in the Dominican Republic, Donnie provides local workers with a way out of poverty through good working conditions and a living wage. altagraciaapparel.com
Father Andrew O’Connor: Founder of Social Fabric, a sustainable clothing company that works directly with Mayan cotton producers and weavers in Guatemala, Father O’Connor developed the high-end clothing line called Goods of Conscience. Goodsofconscience.com
Get inspired at our Fashion Show, organized by Chicago and DePaul’s Fair Trade committees.
See a variety of sustainable styles and accessories sashay down the runway by DePaul student models.
Find out the $500 winner of our DePaul t-shirt design contest sponsored by the Division of Mission and Ministry. The winning design will be printed on Alta Gracia’s fair trade shirts and sold in DePaul bookstores.