Have you ever questioned who made the clothes you wear every day? This week
is Fashion Revolution week and marks 8 years since the tragic collapse of the
Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh. The focus for 2021 is around the
interconnectedness of human rights and the rights of nature and encourages
consumers to ask the question #whomademyclothes?
To give you more background, Rana Plaza was a building in Bangladesh that
housed multiple garment factories for the likes of Benetton, Prada, Gucci,
Versace, Moncler, Mango, Primark and Walmart just to name a few  . With
around 5,000 employees of which 1,100 died and 2,500 were injured with most
victims being young women, this is the fourth largest industrial disaster in
history  . For those who are eager to learn more I urge you to watch the
compelling documentary The True Cost
, which follows director Andrew Morgan
around thirteen countries investigating not only the fashion industry’s human
rights violations and the Rana Plaza tragedy but also the environmental impact
of fast fashion  .
For so many years the western view was that of people and planet being
disconnected from one another when in actual fact they are interconnected and
interdependent, something which we are learning more and more in recent
years  . We simply cannot continue to take what we want from our environment,
whether that’s overconsumption of animal products, pollution of our oceans or
destruction of the land. It’s time for a revolution, a Fashion Revolution, a radical
shift in our relationship with clothes, people and planet.
During Fashion Revolution week we collaborate and band together to call out for
further transparency on supply chains and to give makers, producers and
workers a voice. It’s about consumers coming together to ask questions and
demand answers. In 2021 it is more important now than ever before to use your
voice to make change, ask your favourite brand #whomademyclothes?
#whatsinmyclothes? And my personal favourite, #whomademyfabric?
Nikki calling for action asking Australian Label Viktoria and Woods
At BLAEK Store we ask these questions multiple times a day, we are
continuously researching new brands that have people and planet at the core of
their business over growth and profit. There is a lot of misinformation out there;
it’s overwhelming to say the least and it takes time to sit down and trawl through
articles and websites especially if you don’t know what to look for. If you want to
start researching for yourself check out my podcast episode
on Greenwashing with Stride Store for some tips on what to look for when choosing brands to
Nikki wear’s Melbourne designer Lois Hazel Skivvy Rib Tee in Olive
full transparency from fabric composition to garment maker. Shop Here.
Join us this Fashion Revolution week, take a selfie of your favourite piece of
clothing and ask the brand #whomademyclothes? Want to get more involved in
the action? Search for an event near you and join the revolution.
“Now is the time for a fashion revolution” 
1. “2013 Dhaka garment factory collapse” Wikipedia contributors,
Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Date of last revision: 14 April 2021
2. “Fashion Revolution Week is happening 19-25th April, 2021” Fashion
Revolution. www.fashionrevolution.org. Accessed 18 April 2021.
3. “The True Cost” Wikipedia contributors, Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
15 January 2021 19:50 UTC.