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Two million people supported Fashion Revolution Week

LABEL MATES: Over two million people took part in Fashion Revolution Week, including popular retailers

RECORD NUMBERS supported Fashion Revolution Week 2017, when two million people around the world united, supporting the call for a fairer, safer, more transparent fashion industry.

Attendees, virtual and otherwise, joined the global campaign in April by turning-up to events and posting on social media. Some 66,000 people attended around 1,000 Fashion Revolution activities, which included catwalks, clothes swaps, film screenings, panel discussions, creative stunts and workshops. A further 740 events took place in schools and universities, assisted by a network of 120 student ambassadors around the world.

Fashion Revolution Week runs in 90 countries and, according to organisers;

"...aims to unite the fashion industry and ignite a revolution to radically change the way our clothes are sourced, produced and purchased, so that what the world wears is made in a safe, clean and fair way."

The Week paid homage to victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, where 1,138 people were killed and many more injured on April 24, 2013.

TRANSPARENCY: A fashion worker takes part in Fashion Revolution Week (image credit: Pink City)

This year, over 2,000 global fashion brands and retailers including Zara, Fat Face, Massimo Dutti, Pull and Bear, G Star Raw, Marks and Spencer, Marimekko and Gildan responded with real information about their suppliers or photographs of their workers saying #Imadeyourclothes, double the number who responded last year, giving visibility to some of the millions of people who are making our clothes around the world.

India’s largest ready-made garment exporter, Shahi, built a website specifically for Fashion Revolution Week to tell the stories of some of the 100,000 people who make their clothes.

Internationally-recognised celebrities and influencers such as actress Emma Watson, editor-in-chief of Marie Claire Italia Antonella Antonelli and Nobel Prize Winner Professor Yunus backed the campaign.

Carry Somers, Fashion Revolution Founder and Global Operations Director said:

“Our collective voice is so powerful. By asking the simple question #whomademyclothes to brands, we have ignited a global conversation about supply chain transparency, and started to inspire people to think differently about what they wear. As we’ve seen over the last few years, the more people who ask #whomademyclothes the more brands will listen. Our questions, our voices, and our shopping habits have the power to help change the industry for the better, and together we are stronger.

“Thank you to all of you who took part. It is because of your voice, persistence and continued support that we have grown to become the biggest fashion advocacy movement on the planet. We are stronger when we speak and work together. Thank you so much! Please keep walking alongside us on the journey towards a fairer, cleaner, safer and more beautiful fashion industry.”

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