Fashioning awareness: Orsola de Castro and Carry Somers reveal the high cost of cheap clothes

After the 2013 tragic collapse of Rana Plaza, an industrial complex in Bangladesh, taking the lives of 1,129 underpaid garment workers, Orsola de Castro and Carry Somers created Fashion Revolution, aimed at raising "awareness of fast fashion's true cost," both on people and the planet. Their mission is to encourage folks to ask #whomademyclothes to all fashion retailers. 

“Our mantra is 'Be curious, find out, do something about it',” explains Somers...We want to encourage people to do their own research, to be curious and to be investigative – asking, ‘Who made my clothes?’ is the first step towards that.”

This pressure on brands to be more transparent has seen positive effects including some companies sharing their factory lists, some consumers being more discerning in purchases and new legislation being written. 

This week, Fashion Revolution is hosting events all over the world to raise awareness and transparency of the fashion industry. There is still much work to do, but we can start by thanking these two activists for starting the conversation! Read more about their work here. 

Orsola de Castro and Carry Somers
Fashion Revolution CIC
19 Dig Street
Ashbourne, Derbyshire

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