News about the Fashion Revolution Week has been everywhere. Several African brands were spotted mentioning it and promoting it on their social media pages. Here’s what the event is about.
What’s The Fashion Revolution Week?
Fashion Revolution Week is a yearly weeklong fashion event. It is held to honour the fashion designers that lost their lives at the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse. It was a fatal incident that could have been prevented if nature was prioritised and warning signs were duly acknowledged.
The incident has opened eyes to see that the rights of humans and nature are interconnected and dependent on each other. Trees, land and the ecosystem, in general, should be respected and given boundaries because we not only depend on them for respiration and life, but they also help protect our ozone layer and land from disasters like floods.
We are interdependent on nature and stakeholders in healthy environments. Now, fashion plays a very important role in our day to day activity. If there is a sector that can preach the gospel of our interconnection with nature, it is fashion. This realisation birthed the Fashion Revolution Week.
Over and over again, we witness human exploitation of nature that will come back to hurt us if we sit back and do nothing about it. Human prosperity and safety are dependent on nature’s and we should see to it that it is so, this is the Fashion Revolution Week goal.
What’s This Year About?
This year’s event is tagged ‘Rights, Relationships And Revolution’, a call to fashion designers to prioritise sustainable fashion practices and respect nature with every piece.
Its hashtag is #whomademyclothes, a deliberate reminder to all fashion designers that they should be intentional with what they do. Every day this week, there will be sessions after sessions of sustainable fashion talks. u can register here for the event.
On Wednesday, the 21st of April by 13:30 WAT there’ll be a talk on African textiles! A panel of fashion icons and designers will be coming together to explore African fashion textiles and wastes that can be recycled. You can register solely for the event here.
Also, this event isn’t just a weeklong series of classes, there’s a fun part to it. Several African brands will be opening up their studio for the public to see and learn what sustainable fashion methods they use in creating their pieces.
Some of these brands are, Buki Akomolafe, a German-based clothing line that makes excellent womenswear brand with sustainability at its heart, Nigerian unisex designer Emmy Kasbit, and an Ethiopian footwear brand, Enzi amongst others.