Mahatma Gandhi once said “Be the change you want to see in the world”. A fair trade fashion showcase this week is set to highlight how we can all do our part toward ethical sustainability.
Led by Oxfam UQ and Sinerji Organic Clothing in partnership with Fashion Revolution Day and Fair Trade Australia/NZ, the Friday night fashion showcase at the University of Queensland will present some of Brisbane’s ethical fashion brands, connecting with the fair trade message of “Who made your clothes?”.
Last year, on April 24, over 1133 garment workers were killed and a further 2,515 people injured due to unsafe working conditions in the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh. In what is considered to be the deadliest garment-factory accident in history, this factory produced garments for companies such as Benetton, Bonmarché, Joe Fresh, Mango, Matalan, Primark, and Walmart, to name a few.
Many more garment workers around the world, who produce the clothes that most we of us wear, continue to suffer as a direct result of our fashion supply chain. In raising awareness of these issues, the ‘Being the Change: Inside Fashion Revolution’ event will see industry insiders, students, politicians, musicians, factory workers and fashion lovers come together for a night of education and entertainment around these important issues of the fashion trade.
“We need to be given the chance to learn about the realities of our fashion industry and how we can begin to take steps to ensure that disasters like Rana Plaza and the continued exploitation of workers in the fashion industry cease,” says Oxfam UQ coordinator Jude Menon.
“That’s what we’re hoping this event will do – trigger greater discussion and action in Queensland for a more ethical fashion industry.”
The ethical fashion show will be held at the Innes Room, St Lucia Campus, University of Queensland on May 9 at 6.30pm.
Event tickets are $25/$15 at https://being-the-change.eventbrite.com