What to expect

Fashion Revolution is an international campaign advocating for a fashion industry that values people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure. Last year two million people engaged with Fashion Revolution. Over 113 000 people asked brands #whomademyclothes.  On the anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster five years – when a clothing factory collapsed, killing 1,138 people and injuring many more – we will discuss solutions and interrogate alternative ways of producing fashion. You will learn what the fashion revolution does, why it does this, and you’ll hear from people who are proving what fashion can be with respect to both people and planet. The speakers and topics, curated by Jackie May founding editor of Twyg, include:

Micah Chisholm: Future textiles

Micah is a lecturer at CPUT in surface design and has deeply researched future textiles.

Emma Jones-Phillipson: Why we must love second-hand clothes

Emma has an MSc Public Policy and Administration from LSE and is currently the Head of Operations at Greenpop, a non-profit organisation on a mission to plant trees, green communities and activate environmental stewards across Southern Africa.

Anna Cowen: Circular economy and how the fashion industry can adopt it

Anna is a social change practitioner, architect and urbanist. She seeks to fundamentally “change the way we make things”, supporting a shift towards globally connected yet localised, circular economies, with a strong focus on growing the commons. She has a BArch and completed an MPhil in Sustainable Settlement.

Fashion schools and sustainability

Representatives from various colleges will present a project or concept that best illustrates how their respective college is teaching and thinking about the sustainability and future of fashion. We will showcase examples on the evening.

#whomademyclothes

Main picture is from a W35T Nicola West show (credit: African Fashion International)