Our recap of Fashion Revolution Week 2018

Sat 5 May 2018
Our recap of Fashion Revolution Week 2018

In this past week the fashion industry has been flooded with the critical question “Who Made my Clothes? The week long campaign, Fashion Revolution Week, is a worldwide movement that aims to shed light on the social and environmental dangers associated with fast fashion. The main goal set by Fashion Revolution is to gain greater transparency within the industry.

 

The week kicked off with 5 years of Fashion Revolution: An industry panel discussion, the launch event was hosted in the Powerhouse museum which was fitting given the great fashion exhibitions going on at the moment! The event was hosted by Melinda Tually, the Australian country co-ordinator for Fashion Revolution. Rick Lambrell, one the panellists, the Sustainability Development Manager from the Wesfarmers Department Stores a.k.a Kmart & Target, spoke of Kmart’s transition to using BCI Cotton. Along with publishing their list of factories in high risk countries, this step to use BCI Cotton is a small but positive move for the Australian retail giant. The night was interesting in the sense to see how large fashion companies such as Kmart and the Iconic are changing their ways given the consumer shift to shop more ethically.

 

Midway through the week, I attended the Talking Textiles: A Discussion on Ethical & Sustainable Practice. The panel was a selection of all talented and admirable women that all are making an impact within the industry. Given the crowd of eager listeners, the bubbly host Kirsten and the interesting stories shared by the panellists the talk could have gone on for hours. Hopefully we will see more conversations and meetings scheduled as more time was needed to produce ideas on how we can collectively work towards sustainability. A highlight included getting to see some of textiles and crafts made at Eastern Weft, courtesy of panellist Samorn Sanixay.

 

We held our own Fashion Revolution Open Studio event! We welcomed the public to meet our valued team of makers and join us in discussion with regards to the future of ethical fashion. We met some amazing students, photographers, aspiring designers and people from all walks of life. It is so promising to see that all individuals that entered our studio yesterday shared the same vision of a more sustainable fashion industry.

 

As a part of our open studio, we took some time aside with our makers to discuss how we at Brigid McLaughlin would like to improve and implement new ideas and practices. Taking the time to reflect and appreciate our team and the collective talent we have makes us more motivated to ensure that others in the garment production industry receive the same welcoming and rewarding work environment.

 

 The fifth year of Fashion Revolution has really made an impact via the media. Multiple publications such as VOGUE, Forbes and The Australian have reported on the wide spread campaign.

The week has been a success not only in Australia but globally and we commend Fashion Revolution for creating an insightful and meaningful campaign. Moving forward, we would love to see more involvement of brands and industry people to not only continue the industry wide conversation as this week comes to an end but to initiate long lasting change. As a brand we are always striving to become more sustainable, we are always open to suggestions and ideas to improve our way of working.

 

Meg Fisher

Sustainability and Visual Communications

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