Weekend Event Guide for Fashion Revolution
- BY: SARA PULL
- Apr. 27, 2018
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster, a garment factory collapse that killed 1,138 people amongst the thousands that were injured. As a response Fashion Revolution Week (23rd -29th of April) encourages us all to demand greater transparency from the brands we love by asking #whomademyclothes. Around the country events are happening to educate and inspire you to consume in a conscious way, here is your weekend guide to what’s happening.
New South Wales
Sustainable artisanal Australian designer Brigid McLaughlin invites students and customers to visit her studio as part of Fashion Revolution’s Open Studio. Learn about the slow fashion process, her philosophy and how sustainability and ethics is at the core of every design.
Friday 27th | Byron Bay Fashion Revolution Event
An informative evening talking all things fashion production and practice with an industry panel. Topics include how our clothes are made, how to support equality and how protect our environment and its people. Find out ways to improve shopping choices and learn of the apps that make it easy.
Friday 27th | An evening of female ethical fashion designers in conversation + curated fashion market
Tommie magazine has teamed up with Jenny Leong, the Greens MP for Newtown, to present an evening dedicated to locally made and ethical fashion. A panel discussion speaking on what it’s like to run independent, lady owned businesses that support locally made product and Australian manufacturing. The panelists will educate on how to start your own ethical fashion brand, the benefits of producing locally + how style, social justice, sustainability and ethics can successfully work together in fashion.
Saturday 28th | Fashion Revolution: Sustainable Design Workshop Series
The Habadashery Club is hosting a series of hands-on, introductory workshops. These workshops focus on sustainable design ideas to encourage a more conscious approach to consuming fashion and textiles.
Saturday 28th | Open Studio: Citizen Wolf
Come behind the scenes and learn how Citizen Wolf is using tailoring to change the world one Tshirt at a time on this official Fashion Revolution 2018 Open Studio. Citizen Wolf have spent the last two years building both the technology and the micro factory to make customised clothing at scale. If you’re interested in the story behind the brand, join Co-Founders Zoltan Csaki and Eric Phu in their Sydney factory as they share the journey so far.
Saturday 28th | Open Studio: Rev Girls with Kit X and Artisans of Fashion
A conversation between Kit Willow, KITX and Caroline Poiner, Artisans of Fashion, with Glynis Traill-Nash, Fashion Editor at The Australian, discussing positive impact luxury design and working with artisans globally for the future of fashion. Hear from Kit and Caroline what’s involved in making artisan partnerships work, the challenges to navigate and the shared knowledge exchange that results from bringing two very different worlds together.
Sunday 29th | Suitcase Rummage
Suitcase Rummage is a mini scaled market with giant reward aimed at supporting emerging artists, crafters and second-hand marketeers. Suitcase Rummage is focused on fostering Australia’s entry-level entrepreneurs and their locally produced handmade, recycled and up-cycled products – from a suitcase!
Sunday 29th |Citizen Wolf Zero Waste Tote Workshop
Citizen Wolf are opening their studio and offering you the chance to create your own zero waste tote. Showing you how to combine various offcut scrap pieces into new sheets of fabric then providing you with the pattern, the trims and the machinery to sew it together to create a limited edition one-of-one, completely unique bags.
Friday 27th | Share More. Wear More. Pop-up.
Celebrate Tumnus's launch, mingle with other style-minded members, and learn more about Tumnus, as well as share the Tumnus experience in action with fashion and media influencers over free drinks, nibbles, and good tunes. You'll learn more about how the Tumnus community works, create your profile, get some stylish profesh snapshots taken, and best of all, try on and borrow some stylish new threads which will be yours to show off for 5 weeks.
Saturday 28th | Open Studio: A.BCH Cutpiece 1: Create a Unique Backpack from A.BCH off-cuts
CUTPIECE is a series of up-cycling workshops created by A.BCH to coincide with Fashion Revolution Week. Participants are invited into the A.BCH studio to make a new item from old clothing, off-cuts or salvaged materials. You will be able to choose your own adventure and skill level by joining any one or both of the workshops.
Sunday 29th | Brunswick Artist Market + Somedays I Am POP UP
The Brunswick Artist Market is a hub for locally Melbourne-made fashion, jewellery and art. The market encompasses 20+ stalls and features live music, plus speciality coffee from Co-Ground Coffee. The Fashion Revolution Week market will see the launch of Somedays I Am POP UP SHOP; one off clothing ethically handmade in Melbourne using recycled vintage textiles.
Sunday 29th | Mend Your Clothes for Fashion Revolution Week
The Gaye Abandon School of Sewing and Upcycling is teaming up with Circa Vintage Clothing for an afternoon to educate on simple hand-mending skills to extend the life of your well-worn clothes. Because loved clothes last!
Saturday 28th | Oxfam Alliance4Change Group Clothes Swap: Swap Til You Drop
Learn about the human side to the fashion industry and take action to hopefully change the dialogue for the poorest of the poor who work in this industry. Bring along 4 to 6 good quality items to swap with other event attendees.
Sunday 29th | Fashion Revolution Clothing Swap
Replants is hosting it’s third clothing swap, event attendees can swap well looked, after, good condition items as well as high quality, well made to last garments (think vintage, fair trade/organic, natural fabrics, designer). The event will also be accepting items with minor wear and tear (small rips, missing buttons or zips) to encourage mending of clothes otherwise totally wearable with a maximum of 20 items per person.