We three local sustainable fashion designers had our photo taken by The Canberra Times, wearing our own creations inside out to raise awareness about 'who made our clothes'! The location of the shot was no accident, I asked that we pose amongst the beautifully curated collection of vintage wares by April's Caravan, because my hope is that the garments that I have created in 40 years are as treasured and remembered as these are and for the right reasons.
Here's an excerpt from The Canberra Times and Sydney Morning Herald article:
It may seem on Thursday that a number of people rushed out their doors with their clothes on inside out. Instead, they are marking the anniversary of the Bangladesh garment factory disaster and making a statement that they know where their clothes have come from by wearing their labels on the outside.
On 24th April last year, more than 1100 people were killed and over 2500 more were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The ethical wing of the fashion industry is using the anniversary to draw attention to the proliferation of sweatshops and inhumane conditions for workers in those garment factories as well as the industry's increasing contribution to global pollution.
Read more here.