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Fashionistas Unite for Fashion Revolution Day

Published: 12 May 2016

Canberra Institute of Technology, local ethical clothing label Pure Pod and the Salvation Army are teaming up to endorse perhaps the fashion industry’s boldest and most enduring fashion statement yet to commemorate Fashion Revolution Day.

They are partnering to hold a public event on Thursday 19 May at CIT highlighting the sustainable and ethical fashion movement to help consumers understand their choices and inspire industry change.

Fashion Revolution Day on 24 April marks the anniversary of the horrific clothing factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2013, killing 1,134 and injuring over 2,500 workers.

CIT fashion students and Pure Pod will unveil an installation on the evening created from 1,200 white garments donated by the Salvation Army in a poignant reminder of the lives lost in Dhaka.

The event will include a screening of the documentary The True Cost, a documentary filmed all over the world providing a fascinating industry insight, and experts including local ethical fashion designer Kelli Donovan, designer of Pure Pod, will be on hand to answer questions.

Ms Donovan, who now also works with the CIT fashion department, is passionate about the quiet but powerful revolution building out of the ashes of the Dhaka tragedy, and of educating students about the impact of their decisions in the fashion industry.

"There is a real groundswell throughout the fashion industry globally to fix the environmental, social and human impact of fashion practices. It's one of the biggest things that has happened in the industry for many decades," Ms Donovan says.

"More consumers are becoming aware of their purchasing power. The documentary is about showing consumers what’s happening in the industry behind the scenes and how their purchase relates right back to the person sitting at a desk in a factory in Bangladesh or anywhere across the globe."

Ms Donovan says she has seen the industry change first-hand, and the evening will highlight the transformation happening all over the globe towards a true fashion revolution.

All 'fashion revolutionaries' and interested members of the public are warmly invited to join us for this inspiring event.

When: Thursday 19 May, 6-9pm
Where: Room J28 Auditorium, J Block, CIT Reid, 37 Constitution Avenue, Reid
Cost: Gold coin donation, supporting the ethical fashion movement
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