(photography by Molly Bamberger)
In preparation for finals (which are coming up way sooner than I’m comfortable with), I have been sweeping through all of my music from the past year and putting together study playlists on Spotify. Some are acoustic based and some are purely instrumental, but I keep coming back to my “strum” playlist which is full of acoustic guitar heavy music with great lyrics. The song “Gray Or Blue” by JayMay keeps popping up on shuffle and it has been stuck in my head for way too long. It’s catchy but not overwhelmingly so, and the lyrics are clever — the perfect combination. Also, fun fact, I often get into fights with people about whether these shoes and this dress are gray or blue. While they look quite gray on here, they are most definitely blue in real life. Case closed.
This week is Fashion Revolution Week! The goal of this week, which culminates with Fashion Revolution Day on April 24th, is to “bring people from all over the world together to use the power of fashion to change the story for the people who make the world’s clothes and accessories.” There are a number of ways to participate. You can simply use the hashtag #WhoMadeMyClothes and tag the brand you are wearing to show that you as a consumer care about where your clothes come from and the people that make what you wear. You can also get creative and show your clothing tags while asking who made your clothes and reaching out to brands — get some inspiration here. There are also downloadable books on The Fashion Revolution’s website entitled “How To Be A Fashion Revolutionary” and “#Haulternative: A Guide For Fashion Lovers”, both of which I have read and both of which detail how to become more responsible consumers. There is a page full of events happening in countries all around the world, so you can also check here to see if something is happening close to you. Possibly the best way to participate is to just spread the word. Most people don’t know the issues in, and caused by, the fashion industry, and the only way to get more people to take action and start a revolution is to get information out there.
For more information about Fashion Revolution Week and how to get involved, visit their website, and for more information about issues with sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry visit the Sustainability & Style section of T&T.