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Fashion talk at arts centre

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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A TALK on the subject of fashion will be taking place at an arts centre this month.

'Fashioning Change' will be the next Foxlowe Talk on Wednesday, January 15.

Carry Somers, pictured below, of Pachacuti in Ashbourne, will be delivering the first of the Foxlowe Talks for 2014.

Talk co-ordinator at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, Erica Brook, said: "Carry may well already be known to many women in Leek for her pioneering work in Fair Trade Fashion.

"Her concerns about the gross exploitation of workers in third world countries caused her to start her company, Pachacuti, in 1992.

"It is now recognised as one of the world's foremost ethical fashion brands. Their collections are shown at London and Paris Fashion weeks, and stocked around the world, providing sustainable rural livelihoods for women's associations in the Ecuadorian Andes.

"Following the tragic incident of the Rana Plaza disaster where 1,127 workers died when the building collapsed, Carry founded the global movement -Fashion Revolution Day, a campaign to promote the belief in a fashion industry which 'values people, the environment, creativity and profits in equal measure'.

"It is possible that, although inspirational, for many of us, this talk will not make comfortable listening.

"Any aspect of the clothes we wear must inevitably be under scrutiny, inviting us, literally, to 'follow the thread through' from the woman at the machine, to the cotton grower in the field, and ultimately to our purchase of the clothes they may have made thousands of miles away.

'Fashioning Change' will be presented at The Foxlowe Arts Centre, Market Place, Leek on Wednesday, January 15. Admission will be free.

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