25th April 2017

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The Fashion Revolution Week 2017 campaign has kicked off and is encouraging people worldwide to ask brands #whomademyclothes to demand greater transparency. This will help improve the working conditions and wages of the people who toil hard to make our clothes.

The campaign will feature events and activities worldwide to encourage people to think differently about the clothes they buy and wear and inspire them to make a positive difference.

Currently there are around 75 million people working directly in the fashion and textiles industry. Many are subject to exploitation; verbal and physical abuse, working in unsafe conditions, with poor pay.

On 24 April 2013, 1138 people were killed and 2500 injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This tragic incident created a global call for revolutionary change in the fashion industry.

This year’s theme MONEY, FASHION, POWER will explore the flows of money and the structures of power across fashion’s supply chains, centring on garment worker wages and the price we pay for clothes.

Orsola de Castro, Fashion Revolution co-founder, said: “Have you ever wondered who makes your clothes? How much they’re paid and what their lives are like? Our clothes have gone on a long journey before they hit store shelves, passing through the hands of cotton farmers, spinners, weavers, dyers, and sewers.

“Eighty per cent of them are women between the ages of 18 and 24. Many of the people who make our clothes live in poverty. This needs to change.”

Carry Somers, Fashion Revolution co-founder said: “As consumers, we have power. We are the driver of trends, and every time we buy something, we’re voting with our wallet. When we speak, brands listen.

“As consumers, we need to know who makes our clothes and under what conditions. We need to be able to scrutinise what it is we’re really paying for. We need to know that the people who clothe us are being paid enough to live with dignity. Otherwise, we’re effectively and unwittingly contributing to the exploitation of others”.

For further information visit www.fashionrevolution.org