Bangladesh Rana Plaza Anniversary: Fashion Revolution Day
It took tragedy on an epic scale to take the subject of ethical fashion from the specialist pages of the liberal press and make it headline news across the world. The factory collapse on April 24, 2013 left 1,133 men, women and children dead, over 2500 injured and at least 800 children orphaned. Subsequent headlines detailed untold horrors: illegally run, poorly-built factories, desperately bad pay, foul mistreatment of (mainly female, often underage) workers and a system of mind-numbingly slow bureaucracy which would prevent compensation getting to the survivors. By the year's end Bangladesh was rife with violent protests and the outcry surrounding the politics of garment manufacture sent tremors around the world.
On the global stage, fair-trade pioneer Carry Somers, fashion activist Lucy Siegel and Livia Firth have declared April 24th an annual Fashion Revolution Day - for which people all over the world will be encouraged to wear their clothes inside-out. "We want people talking about the provenance of clothes," says Somers, "raising awareness of the fact that we aren't just purchasing a garment, but a whole chain of value and relationships. FRD will become a platform for best practice - for brands to show off what they are doing to improve things."
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