2016 Fashion – The Year of Revolution

2016 Fashion The Year of Revolution

A few short weeks have passed since the world witnessed a Fashion Revolution which turned this year as the Year of Revolution.

From 18th to 24th April, celebrities and other famous people proudly showed the labels on their clothes when asked the question, “Who are you wearing today?”

This is how the revolution began, with more emphasis on ethical apparel choices and less on high-end brands that used sweatshop labour and tonnes of resources to produce apparel.

The Emergence of Slow Fashion Takes the World by Storm

Led by Carry Somers, the Fashion Revolution movement isn’t merely a social media strategy or a campaign to monopolize the media’s attention; it’s much bigger than that.

Celebrating ethical fashion worldwide, they advocate and highlight issues which pertain to the fast fashion culture, such as misuse of labour in sweatshops, inequality of pay, bad working conditions, and the harmful effects on environment and resources.

This year’s fashion revolution week highlighted the plight of garment workers in factories and called on several high-street brands (without naming them) who still adopt harmful, exploitative practices against their workers.

Ethical Fashion Hits New York –Or Tries To

Every year in May, the very best and brightest stars from the fashion and entertainment industry step out in their finest apparel and attend a $30,000 per ticket fundraiser. This is the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual gala (also known as the MET ball). Why is the MET ball mentioned in direct relation with this year’s fashion revolution? It is perhaps the closest place where you’ll be able to find fashion and ethical choices under one roof.

Fashion in an Age of Technology

Like every year, the MET ball 2016 had a theme; this year, it was Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. Attendees, just like every year, came up with creative ideas to incorporate the theme in their gowns and suits; some were a miss while others were a huge hit.

When asked about the theme, the curator of The Costume Institute Andrew Bolton explained, “Before now the difference between haute couture and prêt-a-porter was made by handmade and machine made apparel. This difference however is becoming difficult to separate as both (handmade and machine made) have adopted the practices and techniques of one another.”

Still, it’s events like these which increase hope of ethical fashion advocates in the world. We can only hope other brands take a leaf out of The Nora when it comes to ethical clothing and products.

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