18 Ways to Celebrate Fashion Revolution Day

By Ecouterre

As participants in more than 65 countries gather on Friday to commemorate the second anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh, one question will loom above all others: Who made your clothes? Mark Fashion Revolution Day—and honor the 1,138 lives lost—by lending your support to an event near you. Below, a selection of highlights.

CALIFORNIA

FASHION REVOLUTION DAY: EAST BAY POP-UP

The 25th Street Collective
477 25th St.
Oakland, CA 94612

April 24, 2015
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Commemorate Fashion Revolution Day with a one-night-only pop-up shop featuring several Bay Area slow fashion brands. Come share a drink and hear stories and perspectives on responsible local and global clothing production.

REVERSE YOUR STYLE

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
3051 Canon St.
San Diego, CA 92106

April 22, 2015
5 p.m. to 8 p.m

Matt Hickey of Be Kind Vibes will be on hand to photograph change-makers as we discuss ways to promote the #WhoMadeMyClothes message. All attendees should arrive dressed with their clothing inside out


MINNESOTA

FASHION REVOLUTION DAY MINNEAPOLIS

Minnesota Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE # 100
Minneapolis, MN 55414

April 24, 2015
6:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Watch award-winning documentary Cotton Road, take in an eco-friendly runway show, and partake of local vendors who will be on hand with ethical clothing, accessories, and more.


MISSOURI

MADE FOR FREEDOM

TechArtista
4818 Washington Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63108

April 21, 2015
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Come shop a selection of unique and globally inspired fashion, home decor, and handcrafted items while enjoying live music, food and a fashion show in one of St. Louis’s most unusual venues. All items for sale have a very happy twist: They were made with concern for people and/or the planet.


NEW YORK

DEFINING THE FUTURE OF FASHION

The Core
66 E 55th St.
New York, NY 10022

April 22, 2015
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Join Sass Brown, Amanda Cole, David Dietz, Ben Skinner and special guest filmmaker Andrew Morgan at the Core Club for a conversation on what brands are leading the sustainable movement, how companies are integrating sustainability into their core business models, and what activist groups like Fashion Revolution Day are doing to push the industry forward.

TURN YOUR CLOTHES INSIDE OUT

Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator
630 Flushing Ave, 7th Flr.
Brooklyn, NY 11206

April 23, 2015
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Join the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator and sustainable e-tailer Zady for a screening of the documentary Traceable and a post-film discussion with Traceable director Jennifer Sharpe, sustainable manufacturing expert Sarah Krasley from Autodesk, and Natalie Grillion, co-founder of JUST.

CONNECT AT BUFFALO STATE UNIVERSITY

Buffalo State University
1300 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14222

April 24, 2015
12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Join the CONNECT Project in the Student Union for an opportunity to take your photo and share it online, asking “Who Made My Clothes?”


VIRGINIA

ECOFASHION AT VCU

VCU-Harris Hall
Virginia Commonwealth University
821 W Franklin St.
Richmond, VA 23284

April 24, 2015
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

ECOfashion, a student organization at Virginia Commonwealth University, along with VCU’s Department of Sociology, and local shop Love This will be teaming up to bring participants a unique experience in honor of Fashion Revolution Day. To symbolize the vast number of countries where garments are manufactured, they’ll have a “T-shirt clothing line” where each T-shirt will represent the top manufacturing countries in the world. Participants will be asked to mark an “X” on the shirt that corresponds to their garment’s country of origin.


AUSTRALIA

BRISBANE: FASHION REVOLUTION DAY POP-UP SHOP

Lightspace
30 Light St.
Fortitude Valley
Brisbane, Queensland 4006

3:30 p.m. (April 24, 2015) to 5:00 p.m. (April 25, 2015)

If you’re a lover of Australian-made, fair-trade, sweatshop-free, or ethical brands, or just curious to discover some new emerging fashion talent and credible threads for your wardrobe, pop along to support Fashion Revolution Day in style.


CANADA

FASHION TAKES ACTION SEW-IN

OCAD University
100 McCaul St.
Toronto, ON M5T 1W1

April 24, 2015
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Attend a public sew-in at OCAD University and hear firsthand from fashion students, designers, faculty, and consumers about how the factory collapse and an increased awareness about the apparel industry has personally affected them and the way they consume clothing.


UNITED KINGDOM

☻ OXFORD ST. PUBLIC TOUR

Hanover Square
London W1S 1JU

April 23, 2015
6:30 p.m.

A public walking tour along Oxford Street, London, will highlight the shameful role of high street brands in the two years since the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh in which over 1,100 workers died.

Fashion campaigning groups Labour Behind the Label and War on Want will lead fashion lovers from shop to shop highlighting the role U.K. high street brands such as H&M, Gap, and Benetton have played in denying justice to Bangladeshi garment workers.

Wearing white armbands, a Bangladeshi symbol of grieving, the tour will include stops at shops, performance poetry and audience participation, as the story of the Bangladeshi garment workers’ struggle for justice is told.

FASHION REVOLUTION SPRING CLOTHES SWAP

Stitched Up
517 Wilbraham Rd.
Chorlton, Greater Manchester M21 0UF

April 23, 2015
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

It’s clear-out time! Bring all your unworn or unwanted garments and swap them for new-to-you clothes to refresh your wardrobe the eco-friendly way. Enjoy a glass of wine in a lovely relaxed and social environment, and browse the rails at your leisure.

LATE NIGHT FOR RANA: TRAID SHEPHERD’S BUSH

TRAID
154 Uxbridge Road
London W12 8AA

April 23, 2015
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Shop ethically for the best in secondhand and vintage clothes and shoes with the knowledge that every purchase made will be committed to an essential cause. All sales made on the night will be donated to the National Garment Workers Federation, a Bangladeshi trade union funded by TRAID, which will distribute funds directly to the most in need victims of the factory collapse.

IMPOSSIBLE SWISHING PARTY WITH LILY COLE AND FUTERRA

Futerra
8-14 Vine Hill
London EC1R 5DX

April 24, 2015
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Lily Cole and Impossible, the platform that encourages sharing and transparent manufacturing, are coming together with Futerra to host an Impossible Swishing party. Swishing is a guilt-free way and fun way to swap clothes you no longer wear for something you love. The rules are simple: bring at least one good quality piece of clothing, or an accessory or two, and then get swapping. By invitation only.

WHO MADE MY CLOTHES? POP-UP PHOTO BOOTH

The Lighthouse
11 Mitchell Lane,
Glasgow, Scotland G1 3NU

April 24, 2015
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The exhibit will showcase 16 reclaimed garments—the average number disposed of annually per person—to support cherishability. Costume designer Iona Barker will also deliver a short master class demonstrating how to give back life to old clothes.

CLOTHO: FASHION HACKATHON

Google Campus
4-5 Bonhill Rd.
London EC2A 4BX

9 a.m. (April 25, 2015) to 12 p.m. (April 26, 2015)

Clotho is hosting a fashion “hackathon” to upcycle some of its old stock—dresses with little rips, jackets with missing buttons, and tops with unravelling hems—into new items. Anyone can come, but it’ll help if you know how to sew.


ONLINE

INTERNATIONAL LABOR RIGHTS FORUM THUNDERCLAP

Urge The Children’s Place to secure the remaining $7.5 million owed to the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund so that Rana Plaza survivors and victims’ families receive the full compensation due to them by April 24, 2015.

WHO MADE MY CLOTHES THUNDERCLAP

By taking an selfie with the label showing (wear an item of clothing inside out for added impact) posting it on social media and asking the brand Who Made My Clothes? you can show support for greater transparency throughout the fashion supply chain. The more people who ask #WhoMadeMyClothes, the more brands will listen.

CHANGE.ORG PETITION

Tell Yoox and Nordstrom to take the next step toward transparency by specifying the countries of origins on their garments.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ecouterre is a website devoted to the future of sustainable fashion design. We’re dedicated to showcasing and supporting designers who not only contemplate cut, form, and drape, but also a garment’s social and environmental impact, from the cultivation of its fibers to its use and disposal. Our ethos: To follow the evolution of the apparel industry toward a more environmentally sound future, as well as facilitate a conversation about why sustainable fashion matters.

 

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