A SERIES of global events and initiatives will highlight the fashion industry's most pressing issues – thanks to an idea a Staffordshire Moorlands woman had while in the bath.
On April 24 last year, 1,133 people were killed when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Many more were injured.
Following the disaster, local ethical fashion pioneer Carry Somers, of Ipstones, who runs Pachacuti in Ashbourne, decided that a Fashion Revolution Day should be held.
The global fashion industry will now come together tomorrow, Thursday, April 24, to highlight the challenges of the fashion supply chain, from exploitation to pollution, with the inaugural Fashion Revolution Day.
Carry said: "The idea for Fashion Revolution Day came to me in the bath.
"I saw that the Rana Plaza disaster could act as a catalyst, with the heightened awareness around ethical fashion providing a window to bring about real change.
"Fashion Revolution Day represents an exciting opportunity to reconnect fashion-lovers with the people who made their clothes."
There will be events and activities from Somerset House to the House of Lords and all around the UK, with catwalks and panel discussions, film screenings and knitting evenings, quiz nights and gatherings. Global events will include a mass catwalk in the centre of Barcelona featuring ethical brands; a workshop in Nepal on how to clean up waste water from dye houses; a fashion show in Bangladesh with producers wearing the clothes they make; a touring exhibition in Swaziland documenting the lives of local artisans, and fashion brands; and retailers the world over will turn their window displays '#insideout' to show their involvement.
Leek textile firm Gaddum and Gaddum, which is based on the Churnet Works in Macclesfield Road, will open its doors to the public in support of Fashion Revolution Day.
The event will give the public a chance to find out more about the UK fashion and textiles industry, and encourage shoppers to consider the benefits of locally produced garments.
Managing director Toby Gaddum, said: "To achieve a more transparent and ethical fashion industry, it's vital that people understand how their clothes are really made and who makes them.
"I've worked in textiles all my life and it's a great industry with a fantastic skills base, both in the UK and abroad.
"That's why we're opening our doors in support of Fashion Revolution Day to celebrate the real people behind the clothes.
"We would also welcome any designers or brands looking to bring production back to the UK or to source their textiles locally, to pay us a visit to see for themselves what we offer."
To join a tour of the Gaddum and Gaddum factory telephone 01538 385888.