So, here's a question: do you know where your clothes come from? Since most people can't answer that question with a yes, Fashion Revolution Day works to promote "slow fashion," a movement aimed at changing the way the fashion cycle moves. The second annual event was formed after the 2013 factory collapse in Bangladesh, resulting in the deaths of 1,129 workers, according to Fortune . As you can imagine, this started an uproar of people investing in the well-being of the workers who work hard to make our clothes. Thus, giving us Fashion Revolution Day.
If I'm throwing all of these weird fashion words at you, let me save you the Googling time. "Fast fashion," or the ability to quickly restock products based on what people are buying, can lead to poor conditions for workers, racking up numerous human rights violations. When people recognized what factories were putting workers through to supply these places, they collaborated with 67 global ambassadors around the world, designers included. "Slow fashion" is a result and the alternative that they promote. Based around the respect for everyone in the fashion cycle — literally farm to closet —Fashion Revolution Day asks consumers to take the time to recognize where their clothes come from, in memory of the fallen workers in Bangladesh.
They are also asking participants to take a selfie! You can post your pic, with your clothes inside out, and the #fashrev and #whomademyclothes hastags. If taking a selfie isn't your thing, try doing what I do: stay away from "fast fashion" retailers and only make purchases from thrift stores. Because those clothes are always cheaper, more authentic, and promotes a sustainable wardrobe that no one can repeat.