CAN FASHION EVER BE ETHICAL?
TRAID HOSTS A TALK WITH TANSY HOSKINS Author of 'STITCHED UP'
WORDS BY NELLY ROCK
The last in the series of TRAID talks was by no means the least. We were graced by the prescence of 'TANSY HOSKINS' The author of anti-capitalist book of fashion 'STITCHED UP' The talk was a strengthening and uniting endless stream of factual passion which was delivered in such a way in which there was secrecy no more.
As a fashion student myself I am surrounded by the industry and even more so the carefully calculated light which expertly covers the dark underside and origination of a project.
My main concern is the labelling system in fashion. In the western world we are bombarded with an endless supply of information; pharmaceuticals, washing instructions, and not to mention the labelling system in the food industry.
So WHY I am continuously asking is there a mere 3 words of information on a garment; 'MADE IN BANGADESH' which can potentially cover our entire body? This in itself calls for investigation; what I demand to know is;
WHO , WHERE , WHEN AND HOW MUCH WAS THE WORKER PAID COMPARED TO THE PROFIT IN WHCIH YOU BENEFITED?
Alongside Dame VIVIENNE WESTWOOD's ethic of 'THIS IS NOT CHARITY- THIS IS WORK' Tansy Hoskins spreads the global message that we need to get rid of sympathy and empower ourselves and others through the simple message of SOLIDARITY.
More often than not the exploitation of the people at the bottom of the fashion ladder are referred too as 'garment workers' however with an estimated 85% BEING WOMEN this becomes a women's rights epidemic of injustice.
SO the question of can fashion ever be ethical? Well I am highly anticipating reading 'STITCHED UP' in support of investigating this ongoing search for an answer.
' My aim is to unpick one thread of the capitalist system and reveal what lies behind the clothes we wear. Hopefully by the end of it, you will want to pull on the thread until the whole system unravels and we can re-stitch it into something new and beautiful'TANSY HOSKINS
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