Fashion Revolution Week has finally arrived, and to celebrate it we have interviewed designer Carry Somers, who co-founded the movementFashion Revolution together with Orsola de Castro. This global initiative was born when, on 24 April 2013, 1,134 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured when the Rana Plaza building collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Most of these people were garment workers.
When did you realise there was an urgent need for a change to start taking place within the fashion industry?
Sadly, Rana Plaza was inevitable. There are ever longer supply chains, and a resulting shift in responsibility. However, this was a tragedy that could have taken place in any fast fashion producing country. Rana Plaza happens to be in Bangladesh. What happened reflects a global trend of increased ‘demand’ which feeds the fast fashion supply chain. There have been many improvements in the fashion supply chain since the dust has settled on the Rana Plaza disaster, although it is unfortunate that it has taken a tragedy of this scale to start to bring about change. Read more →
The fashion collections of Glimpse Clothing are currently being produced by 15 women. They are located in Mumbai (India), and unfortunately all of them have something in common: a past of forced prostitution. This young German brand, founded in 2012, works in cooperation with a local NGO to offer these girls the possibility of earning a fair salary while learning a profession. Their goal? Make sure they don’t need to go back to selling their bodies.
“When I finished my studies I took a year off because I wanted to find out what to do with my passion for fashion,” explains Teresa Göppel, fashion designer and one of the founders of Glimpse Clothing, to answer to my previous question about the brands origins. “It simply didn’t make sense for me to work for the conventional fashion business because of its lack of social values. I thought that at the end of my life I might look back and ask myself what I had done with the power of my hands. If I had only pleased the richness and the beauty of this world I don’t think I would have accomplished much.”
Teresa was travelling in Australia when she got acquainted with a couple who had a project in Thailand to reintegrate prostitutes to society by teaching them a profession. They shared their views and experiences and she started a temporary cooperation with them which inspired her to follow a similar path. Read more →