Who Made My Clothes?
Fashion Revolution Day (FRD) was launched in 2014 in response to the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh, where over 1100 garment workers were killed and 2500 were injured. The world was shocked by the images of high-street branded clothes in the rubble. The events highlighted the sacrifices made by thousands of garment industry workers all over the world.
The Clothing Industry Affects Us All
The clothing industry in the UK is worth £26 billion and is a global employment giant (creating 797,000 jobs in the UK). Garment supply chains are complex and multi-layered and even though so many people worldwide are involved in the clothing industry, many people have lost the connection between the clothes they wear and the people who make them.
The theme of this year’s FRD is “Who Made My Clothes?” We're encouraging students begin to understand the supply chain issues of the industry and think about the people involved in making the clothes they wear every day.
The Fashion Industry Touches So Many Subjects
The fashion industry remains relevant across subjects in the curriculum, including:
- Human geography: agriculture, workers’ pay and conditions, fabric manufacture, international manufacture and transportation
- Citizenship: workers’ pay and conditions, self-esteem, addiction/obsession
- Art & Design: Textiles, advertising, fabric and clothing design
- Business studies: supply chains, transnational organisations, profit margins
- CSR and Sustainability: fast fashion business model, role of NGOs, MSIs, Corporations, Governments
We've produced four Education Packs for teachers, which are free to download. They include suggestions of how teachers can include FRD in their timetable, such as holding a Fashion Revolution day in school/college/university on 24 April 2015 with lesson plans and worksheets based around Be Curious, Find Out, Do Something.
There is also a Fashion Revolution Day Quiz and a Fashion Ethics Trump Card game which will help students find out more about the garment industry and have fun at the same time. These are included in the Secondary, FE and HE packs.
Register at the website to make sure you keep up-to-date with all the latest FRD news, as well as hearing about the responses from the brands to the question “Who Made My Clothes?”. If you have any specific questions you can email The Education Team on firstname.lastname@example.org.