Who made your clothes? If that sounds like a simple question, just try and answer it — I bet you'll come up with the name of a fashion brand, a label, a retailer. Ok.
But how did that dress end up hanging on the rack at a clothing store? Most of us have no idea where the fabric was grown, how it was spun into yarn, how it was dyed and then sewn together into a garment. In our current fashion system, the true origins of our clothing are hidden; the only thing visible is the big glossy brand.
Exactly a year ago, many of us recognized how little we knew about even the most basic aspects of the clothing supply chain. It took a tragedy. On April 24, 2013, the factory fire in Rana Plaza in Bangladesh killed 1,133 garment workers and wounded 2,500 more. It was one of the worst industrial accidents in history.
Today, we're marking the anniversary of Rana Plaza with Fashion Revolution Day, a project founded by designers Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro. The campaign asks supporters to wear their clothing inside out, snap a picture and share it on social media with the hashtag, #InsideOut. It's a small gesture with a simple, modest goal: to get people to start asking questions about who made their clothes.
Below, I've assembled some of some of my favorite pieces of media about Fashion Revolution Day (and beyond). If you're looking for stuff to click on today, try these links: