The global movement Fashion Revolution is coming to Nelson this weekend.
It is the first event hosted by newly created group Fashion Revolution Nelson/Tasman, which was set up by Fair Trade Nelson Tasman to raise awareness of the environmental impact of the fashion industry.
Fair Trade Nelson Tasman Charitable Trust volunteer and Nelson Trade Aid Trust chair John Marshall said said the initiative started in the United Kingdom three years ago after the 2013 tragedy in Bangladesh which saw a factory collapse and kill 1137 workers.
“Fashion Revolution campaigns for systemic reform of the fashion industry with a focus on the need for greater transparency, fair and safe working conditions and ecological sustainability in the fashion supply chain,” he said.
Marshall said last year hundreds of events took place in over 90 countries around the world.
“New Zealand was only just on the fringe of it [at that time] so we decided this year to bring it to Nelson and to encourage other people throughout New Zealand.
“There is so much exploitation of the workers, so much exploitation of the environment, the amount of clothing people have bought is doubled in the last 10 years.
“We’re buying more and more cheap clothes, wearing them two or three times and throwing them away.”
Marshall said the “big ambition” was to promote an annual regional Fashion Revolution re-cycle clothing competition and show, involving all secondary schools and the general public.
He said the idea was for each school to nominate a representative to help organise the fashion show and competition together with Fashion Revolution Nelson/Tasman.
“We feel that this project ticks so many boxes, income inequality, globalisation, manufacturing and marketing ethics, climate change and environmental damage, and the fast fashion supply line and advertising.
“We see this as a project owned by and designed and run by the students, if they take this on board.
“We have been impressed with the enthusiastic response so far.”
Fashion Revolution Week includes the documentary The True Cost at the Suter Art Gallery on Saturday, April 29, with drinks and nibbles at 6.30pm and the screening at 7pm. Tickets $14 or $8 concession, available via the Trade Aid Nelson or ReStore. Jennifer Whitty will be giving a talk afterwards and there will be time for a Q&A. There will be a second screening of The True Cost at the Gecko Cinema in Motueka on a later date which is to be announced.
– Sustainable Fashion Workshop at Tahunanui Community Centre at 2pm on April 29. Jennifer Whitty will be giving a fashion workshop, designed for senior students and teachers and local designer/dressmakers. The workshop fits 30 people and costs $5 per person.
– Regular Restyle Workshops at Tahunanui Community Centre from 10am to 12:30pm, designed to give especially young people access to sewing machines, tuition, advice and the opportunity to exchange ideas. Local dress designers will be offering tips and guidance.
– Clothes Swap Day on April 29 from 10am to 12noon at the Tahunanui Community Centre. This will be chance for people to exchange clothes, look for recycle material and re-use fashion accessories.
– A display of mannequins at Nelson Elma Turner Library to raise awareness of those in the fashion manufacturing business.[“Source-stuff”]