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In the spirit of ethical production and fashion consciousness, today we honor the start of Fashion Revolution Week, the first of its kind in the Dominican Republic. What began in London in 2014 in response to the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh is now a worldwide movement to bring awareness to how our clothes are made and by whom. As companies respond to dollars spent often over moral and ethical values, it’s time for us to step up to the plate and vote with our wallets!
Fashion Revolution in the Dominican Republic began a little over a year ago and is formed by the students of the Altos de Chavón School of Design. Throughout the week, they’ll be offering free lectures and activites starting everyday at 5:00pm to inform interested consumers how to be more conscious of their buying habits and how each of their choices affect workers thousands of miles away.
Four years after the disaster in Bangladesh, to which we contributed unawarely by shopping at big-name retailers, conditions have improved but wages have not. As we become more informed about the world around us, monitoring political conflicts, global-warming, and world-hunger, consider how something as simple as what we wear touches on each of these.
While we read food labels to determine what goes in our bodies, why not read labels to determine what goes on them?! Fashion Revolution ask you to wear your shirt inside out and upload a picture to Instagram with the hashtag #quienhizomiropa? to show your support for those who make your clothes.
Fashion Revolution Week
What: Fashion Revolution Week in the Dominican Republic
Participate world-wide on social media by uploading a picture of your label with the hashtag #quienhizomiropa?
Where: Chavón School of Design in Santo Domingo
Time: Activities starting everyday at 5:00p.m.
Social Media: Follow @fash_revdr for more info on their projects this week!
FASHION REVOLUTION DR
We no longer know who makes our clothes and we do not know the true cost of the things we buy. The fashion supply chain is fractured and the producers have become faceless. This is costing lives. We believe that rebuilding broken links across the entire supply chain, from the farmer to the consumer, is the only way to transform the entire industry. Fashion Revolution brings everyone together to make that happen.
We believe that transparency is the first step in transforming the industry. And it begins with a simple question: Who made my clothes?
The Dominican Republic is a country with rich culture. Fashion is becoming more important and we have about five fashion weeks including Dominican Moda and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week being two of the most important. With the growth of this industry in the country we are looking for new ways and materials to develop it without harming our resources and our people.
We always look for brands, boutiques, students, educational organizations, NGOs and journalists who contribute to our cause and want to be part of this movement and its activities. If you want to know more about Fashion Revolution Dominican Republic or want to join our team as a volunteer, write to us at [email protected].
Maria Amelia Martinez de Lizarduy, Country Coordinator; Emely Fanfán; Karla Dipuglia; Camila Morales; José Padilla