Fashion Revolution Week is the time when we come together as a global community to create a better fashion industry. It centres around the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1,138 people and injured many more on 24 April 2013. This year, as we mark 8 years since the tragedy, Fashion Revolution Week will focus on the interconnectedness of human rights and the rights of nature. Our campaign will amplify unheard voices across the fashion supply chain and harness the creativity of our community to explore innovative and interconnected solutions.
Fashion Revolution week happens every year in the week surrounding the 24th of April. This date is the anniversary of the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse.
Rana Plaza, a building in Bangladesh, housed a number of garment factories, employing around 5,000 people. The people in this building were manufacturing clothing for many of the biggest global fashion brands. More than 1,100 people died in the collapse and another 2,500 were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history. The victims were mostly young women.
The human exploitation and ecosystem degradation we see all around us today are the product of centuries of colonialism and globalised exploitation.
We cannot continue to extract dwindling resources from an already stressed natural world, pollute our land and our oceans, fall far short of climate change targets and dump our waste on the shoulders of countries we have culturally depleted. Nor can we continue to allow big business to profit whilst supply chain workers struggle to live in dignity.
At Fashion Revolution, we believe we need a radical shift in our relationships – our relationships with each other, with our clothes, within fashion supply chains and with the natural world. We need this revolution for our own prosperity and wellbeing, and for the health of our earth and our oceans. And it’s already starting to happen. Covid-19 has prompted growing numbers of people to reassess what’s meaningful in their lives. We have begun to reimagine the values at the essence of a new fashion system and explore new relationships with our clothing.
And we need environmentalists, human rights groups, industry, governments, unions and citizens to work together to ensure that human rights and the rights of nature are addressed in unison. Collaboration and mutual support are essential, because we are more powerful voices for change when we all work together.
Now is the time for a fashion revolution. This Fashion Revolution Week, we are bringing people together from across our community, amplifying unheard and marginalised voices, and working together to explore interconnected solutions.
On this page you’ll find a comprehensive collection of ways to get involved in Fashion Revolution Week 2021.
Let’s start with the basics:
Take your pick of Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, or follow us everywhere. This is the best way to get live updates on the campaign and join the conversation. If you’re outside of the UK, find your country team and their social channels here.FOLLOW US
In the run up to Fashion Revolution Week, our weekly newsletter will have all the latest news and updates on the campaign and the step by steps of how to get involved. An easy way to stay in the loop.SIGN UP
Find a collection of promotional content, including social media assets, posters and the official Fashion Revolution branding pack. Everything you need to spread the word and get people interested.DOWNLOAD ASSETS
Fashion Revolution is a global movement with teams all over the world. Search for your local team here and support their 2021 Fashion Revolution Week campaigns.FIND YOUR COUNTRY
Below, you’ll find our guides to Fashion Revolution Week designed for every kind of revolutionary. Whoever you are, and however you identify with fashion, we’ve created a guide to help you join in.
A digital guide with actions and ideas for citizens wanting to get involved in Fashion Revolution Week 2021.READ NOW
A digital guide with actions and ideas for brands wanting to get involved in Fashion Revolution Week 2021.READ NOW
A digital guide with actions and ideas for students and educators wanting to get involved in Fashion Revolution Week 2021.READ NOW
A digital guide with actions and ideas for trade union members and collective bargaining orgs wanting to get involved in Fashion Revolution Week 2021. A 2020 edition of this guide is available in Bangla, Bahasa, Hindi and TurkishREAD NOW
Below are a selection of publications and resources to help you get informed, learn about the key issues facing the fashion industry and discover solutions to empower workers, conserve resources and embed creativity into fashion activism.
In support of the Tamil Nadu Declaration and Framework of Action, Fashion Revolution has conducted new research into the supply chain transparency efforts of 62 major fashion brands and retailers.READ NOW
This digital fanzine explores the issue of waste and mass-consumption in the fashion industry, and hopes to inspire you to buy less, care more, and know how to make the clothes you love last for longer.READ NOW
This zine is an investigation of the fashion industry’s relationship with 10 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, including gender equality, decent work and economic growth.BUY NOW
In 2020, people went into lockdowns around the world and used the windows of their homes to share messages of inspiration and support for their neighbourhoods along with messages of politics and protest. This Fashion Revolution Week, we want to see people everywhere using your windows (and your creativity) to ignite a Fashion Revolution, and spread the word. Download our printable posters (more coming soon), or make your own. Click here for our Pinterest board filled with inspiration to fuel your poster-making creativity. Don’t forget to share your posters on social media and tag us at @fash_rev so we can spread the word.DOWNLOAD POSTERS
When you invite a friend (or a few), they’ll receive an introduction to the key issues in the fashion industry, our guide to taking part in the week itself (April 19–25th), along with an invitation to key virtual events throughout the week.INVITE
For Fashion Revolution Week 2021, we’ve partnered with an array of leading organisations to highlight the fundamental work they are doing that aligns with our 2021 theme of Rights, Relationships and Revolution. These organisations exist to help amplify unheard voices, widen community participation, encourage social discourse and hold industry accountable.
Canopy is an organisation working to protect the world’s endangered forests by creating tools for industry to responsibly procure forestry materials.
Through this partnership we aim to amplify unheard voices to:
An organisation supporting the worldwide recognition of intellectual property rights for craftspeople of the world and their traditional practices.
Through this partnership we aim to host a discussion on the vicious appropriation and exploitation circle and focus on cultural sustainability in fashion.
A global alliance in 75 countries working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impact on humans, animals, waterways, the ocean, and the environment.
Through this partnership we aim to educate the public about the need to free our world of plastic pollution and its impact on humans and nature. Encourage people to start conversations about how the plastic and chemicals in our clothes impact human health and wellbeing, communities and nature.
The Tamil Nadu Alliance is a civil society forum representing over 100 grassroots organisations in southern India focused on improving the conditions of young adolescent workers in the textile sector.
Through this partnership we aim to increase citizen power in holding brands accountable by signing the declaration – which demands transparency to ensure we have visibility of abuses of human rights and the rights of nature.
A global community of social enterprises following certified Fair Trade practices to put people and planet first, advance gender equality and empower makers.
Through this partnership we aim to explore the environmental and social benefits of fair trade labour and share the voices of producers around the world who make our clothes.