The Fashion Revolution movement mobilises citizens, industry and policy makers around a shared vision: a global fashion industry that sustains and restores the environment and values people over growth and profit. Fashion Revolution Week is when we come together as a global community to create a better fashion industry. As part of this, the Dutch arm of the movement – Fashion Revolution Netherlands is delighted to announce a series of events, which will be run online from Amsterdam.
As work continues to build a fashion industry that works for everyone, it’s important to remember that colonial influences remain deeply embedded within it. The practices and injustices of the past feature heavily in the industry’s modus operandi – even today. Fashion chains still follow trade routes established 150 years ago during the European colonisation. The very process of producing billions of garments each year is still based on the exploitation of both man and nature.
Fashion Revolution Netherlands will host a series of online events to investigate and discuss the link between fashion and colonialism. At this milestone gathering, a fantastic line-up of speakers will explore the unjust power dynamics that exist between formerly colonised and colonial nations. Attendees will get new insights on the unequal balance of power between fashion corporations and workers. It will explore the resulting impact on nature and on every human being – be they Black, White, Indigenous or People of Colour (BIPOC).
It all kicks off with a livecast, hosted in Amsterdam’s Pakhuis de Zwijger, which will reveal the true colours of colonialism and its enduring link to the fashion industry. A series of deep dive sessions will follow the opening event. They are designed to go deeper into various aspects of fashion and colonialism. A diverse range of topics will be covered, such as mental health, cultural appropriation, supply chains and waste. The series rounds off with a conversation about the need for intersectionality in fashion.
18:30-19:30 Livecast via Pakhuis de Zwijger. What is colonialism and how is it linked to fashion?
Beauty ideals, universalism, luxury fashion and Compulsive Buying Disorder
Cultural appropriation versus appreciation
An explanation of where your clothing waste actually ends up
Uncovering the link between ecology and social justice, and the intersection between white supremacy, patriarchy and capitalism in fashion
Some partner events will also feature during the week, see details below:
A place to find sustainable brands online.
During Fashion Revolution Week, we dive deeper into the world behind our closet. https://www.bluecity.nl/agenda/bluecity-radio-rethinking-fashion/
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