Best of #FRUSA 2020: a Year Fashioning a Revolution

By Fashion Revolution

10 months ago

By Fashion Revolution USA

Before we finally kiss 2020 goodbye, we wanted to take a moment to look back and reflect on all the campaigns, events, and initiatives Fashion Revolution USA has put together through this extraordinary year. Please join us showcasing our 2020 wrapped!

Our first ever 100% digital Fashion Revolution Week took on the themes of consumption, composition, conditions, and collective action. We hosted 17 virtual events including digital panels, Q&As, workshops, and our Behind the Seams tours with leading voices across the country (check out more on this below).

Fashion Open Studio went digital! The purpose of Fashion Revolution Open Studio series is to showcase emerging designers, established trailblazers, and major players to celebrate the people and processes behind the collections while promoting industry transparency. This year we highlighted designers and brands such as Marques Almeida, masters of the everyday cool, who are doing great work in their journey towards sustainability. According to their website´s stats their last AW20 collection was made out of an approximate 80% produced out of sustainable natural fibres or recycled materials.

Highlights from Fashion Revolution Week 2020: This year´s events featured activists and designers Aditi Mayer, Bonnie Wright, Elizabeth Cline, Grace Forrest, Linda Greer, Marci Zaroff, Marissa Nuncio, and Patrick Duffy; organizations such as Custom Colab, Garment Worker Center, SoCal Fibershed, and Swap Society. We also showed the amazing work they do at sustainable factories through our Behind the Seams tours, in which we shared an inside look at  illumiNITE Accurate Services, Portland Garment Factory, and Lefty Production co.

This year, we also hosted new events and series shining a light on some of fashion’s largest issues. In June, our Fashion Tech Revolution series brought a focus to the intersection of technology and fashion. It was a deep dive into organizations shaping the future of how the fashion industry designs, manufactures, traces supply chains, and develops new technologies, such as Sourcemap, Queen of Raw, and Resonance.

We hosted an online screening of “The Story of Plastic” by Deia Schlosberg that seeked to expose the local and global impacts of the plastic industry. Speakers included Hannah Testa (@Hannah4Change), Lauren Ritchie (@itsecogal), Dianna Cohen (@plasticpollutes), Carry Somers and moderator Dani Kwateng dove deeper into the issues at hand.

We participated in the first ever virtual US Sustainable Fashion Week, an effort founded by Bridgett Artise and Rick Davy, that included some of our student ambassadors as well as emerging designers like @flybynight.nyc, and @caralarga_mx. It also featured our Behind The Seams tours of sustainably made garments from brands such as Huston Rextile, Longways Homestead, Nisolo Shoes and more!

We keep growing! This past year we also expanded our network of activists, including our Student Ambassador, Regional Coordinator, and City Lead programs.

Thank you for being part of the revolution through 2020! Want to make next year revolutionary? Be among the first 35 people to donate to Fashion Revolution USA at a $25 minimum giving level and receive a complementary copy of our planner, How to be a Fashion Revolutionary 365 days a year!

This fold-out wall planner is designed to guide you through the year to come, highlighting key social and environmental dates, offering tips for creating change, and providing facts to keep you in the know. And, by donating to Fashion Revolution USA, you’ll empower individuals to use their voices to help support change, raise awareness, and create a more sustainable fashion future across the country and around the world.