The revolution is here! The Fashion Revolution that is!!
If you haven’t heard about Fashion Revolution, and don’t want your clothes to come at the cost of people’s’ wellbeing, I would definitely recommend sticking around and finding out more about it.
“We are Fashion Revolution. We are designers, producers, makers, workers and consumers. We are academics, writers, business leaders, brands, retailers, trade unions and policymakers. We are the industry and the public. We are world citizens. We are a movement and a community. We are you.
We love fashion. But we don’t want our clothes to exploit people or destroy our planet. We demand radical, revolutionary change.”
As consumers we want to believe the brands were shopping at are doing the right thing but sometimes they aren’t. So, Fashion Revolution is asking consumers to ask brands ‘Who Made My Clothes?’. This movement makes brands take notice that, we as consumers want to ensure the safety of workers making our clothes, that they are treated with respect and have rights, that they are paid appropriately and enough for a living wage, that they are cared for in their work place. We don’t wish for the people making our clothes to be exploited but treated fairly.
Fashion Revolution seeks to make the fashion industry, an industry that thrives on equality across all boards, an industry where everyone is treated fairly, paid fairly and an industry that cares and takes account in it’s responsibility to the people involved in the industry, the environment and each other. Because we want to know that everyone in this world has an equal right, and is treated fairly and respected, after all we all wear clothes, therefore we are all responsible for the fashion industry.
To achieve this goal, they are first asking each brand to start listing their suppliers, and auditing their suppliers to ensure that the factories their clothes are being made in are safe, that their workers are paid fair, living wages, that there is no child slavery or any slavery taking place in these factories and overall, that their workers are respected and treated as they deserve. Becoming transparent will allow for us, as consumers, to see that they are proud of the places they get their garments from. After all, if a factory was not treating workers right then a brand would not be proud enough to say that they go through that factory. So, we ask, ‘Who Made My Clothes?’ to get our favourite brands to audit their factories, check up on their workers and ensure our clothes are being made under the right conditions. Fashion Revolution has uploaded a manifesto that you can checkout here. I would recommend that you take a look.
If you want the brands you love take responsibility for their workers and who makes their clothes, then snap a picture and ask them ‘Who Made My Clothes?’ Make sure to tag Fashion Rev. And if you wish to take further action have a look at their pre-written letter calling your brands’ attention and send them an email. Ask them to take action in checking up on their workers!
I’m calling out to ValleyGirl, Showpo, Pretty Little Thing and Boohoo to release their supplier lists and take responsibility for their workers’ rights by ensuring the companies supplying their clothes are ethical and give fair rights to all their workers.
If you have any questions or any feedback I’d love to hear from you! Just leave a comment or send me a message on my contact page.
As consumers, LETS TAKE ACTION and make brands know that we want every person in the fashion industry to be safe and have the rights every human being deserves! As Fashion Revolution has said “We love fashion, but we don’t want our clothes to come at the cost of people or our planet”.
Paige Lillian xx
(All images apart from the last section are from Fashion Revolution's instagram and are not of my own)