The seven-day event is packed with film screenings, workshops, talks and clothes swap activities.
Following a successful launch in 2018, Fashion Revolution Week returns in Bangkok for the second time this Apr 22-28 calling on the public to question, #WhoMadeMyClothes?
Gathering groups of local and international ethical fashion practitioners, the event comprises a series of talks about sustainable fashion, as well as film screenings, workshops and clothes swaps all in one week.
Kicking off day one of Fashion Revolution Week on Apr 22 is the screening of River Blue, a 2016 documentary film directed by David McIlvride and Roger Williams that follows river advocate Mark Angelo on a three-year journey through some of the world's most beautiful to most polluted rivers, during which he uncovered and documented the extensive pollution impacts of the global fashion industry.
A second film screening will take place on Apr 24 with The True Cost, a 2015 documentary film directed by Andrew Morgan that discusses several pressing issues within the garment industry, particularly the lives of low-wage workers in developing countries and the after-effects such as river and soil pollution, and pesticide contamination. Both showings will take place at Doc Club Theater at Warehouse 30.
Clothes swap events hosted by the Swap ‘Til You Drop and Global Fashion Exchange groups will take place at The Home BKK (Sukhumvit Soi 23) on Apr 22, WeWork (Asia Center building, South Sathorn Rd.) on Apr 23 and Model Market (Sukhumvit Soi 53) on Apr 27.
A special panel discussion under the topic “Shifting Mindset” will take place on Apr 25 featuring presentations from the likes of Janet Salem of United Nations Environment Programme and Cherry Sripan of World Fair Trade Organization Asia, as well as social fashion entrepreneurs like SSAP, Madmatter and Akamae.
Workshops include "Co-Creation Fashion with Communities" by Cara Boccieri, founder of Akamae (Apr 26), "Closing the Gap, Making the Loop" (Apr 26) and "Waste To Worth: Turning Textiles Waste into Bottle Holders" (Apr 27), both led by textile designer Kamonnart Ongwandee.
This year's event has seen several high-profile figures throw their weight behind the #WhoMadeMyClothes social media campaign, including actress and boutique owner Patcha "June" Poonpiriya, contemporary artist Kawita Vatanajyankur and singer Note Panayanggool, in an attempt to raise awareness of sustainable fashion and push for transparency in the industry.
The groundswell of interest in the sustainable fashion movement also comes as a wave of rising Bangkok fashion designers such as Mae Teeta and Seeker x Retriever look to integrate local fabrics, natural dyes and traditional crafts into their modern collections (read more here).