What (not) to wear

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What (not) to wear

‘Journalism & fashion activism after the Rana Plaza collapse’ is a conference taking place on 11th November 2013 from 4-6pm in lecture room C, Streatham Court. All welcome to attend.

This event has been organised by Geography for Ian Cook’s Geographies of Material Culture students who are studying and learning to create their own example of commodity activist work for followthethings.com, for students studying ‘follow the thing’ research in Human Geography Practice, and is a taster event for the University of Exeter What not to wear? Grand Challenge.

This year saw the deadliest garment factory accident in history, with 1,299 workers being crushed to death in an 8 story building in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Benetton, Matalan, Bon Marche and Primark branded clothing were found in the rubble. Dozens of brands quickly signed a binding agreement to improve factory safety in Bangladesh, and a small number offered compensation to the victims and their families. Some fashion commentators see this factory collapse as an important turning-point in the development of ethical fashion. By examining this collapse and its aftermaths, this challenge will encourage students to consider what it takes for an industry to become more ‘ethical’, who the stakeholders need to be, how they can and should work together, how their ethics are defined and monitored, how differences can be overcome, and how geographically widespread ethical fashion can become.

The speakers are James Christie Miller (BAFTA nominated producer/director of the BBCTV series 'Blood, sweat and…') and Carry Somers (founder of ethical fashion brand Pachacuti, and coordinator of Fashion Revolution Day).

All welcome to attend. Find out more on Facebook.

Date: 7 November 2013

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