DANBURY — Workspace Collective is joining the Fashion Revolution and will hold an event on Friday to show people what the uprising is all about.
Fashion Revolution, a nonprofit organization and global movement, was formed following the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,000 people and injured thousands more on April 24, 2013.
The movement urges the fashion industry to be less exploitive to workers and more transparent, sustainable and environmentally friendly. It encourages consumers to be educated about where their clothes were made and who made them.
To bring more attention to the movement, a Fashion Revolution Week is held each April. This year’s started Monday and ends Sunday.
Friday’s event at Workspace Collective, to be held from 5 to 8 p.m., will feature designer lineups, live DJ, models, art, a photo booth and cocktails. Workspace Collective, a co-op that features sustainable fashions from various local and regional designers, is located at 287 Main St. in downtown Danbury.
Meagan Cann, owner of the Workspace Collective, said designers will perform demonstrations in a nod to encouraging transparency in the fashion industry. The designers will include a jewelry, soap and leather makers, as well as clothing designers such as Julissa Cadena of Julissa Designs in Danbury.
“Nothing here is made in a factory — it’s all made in artisanal workshops,” Cann said.
Cann previously worked for a large retailer and stepped away from the corporate world to sell sustainable designs. She left the retailer shortly before the Rana Plaza tragedy.
“That was a wake-up call for the fashion industry and a wake-up call for the retail industry,” she said. “It’s a call for transparency. Fashion shouldn’t be killing people.”
Soul Threads owner Doreen Breen, a Thomaston-based designer of coats and jackets, will be on hand Friday at the Workspace Collective. She sells her fashions at the Workspace Collective during the fall and winter.
“My designs are more seasonal, so I don’t have anything at the Workspace Collection now, but I’m still very much involved. I’m in my 60s and I’ve been an activist most of my life. The whole concept of what’s happened to the clothing industry in the last 20 years has been a concern of mine,” Breen said. “We have become a disposable society — even our clothing is disposable and that’s concerning to me.”
Breen said since she has been involved with the Fashion Revolution movement she has discovered that an alarming number of people do now know where their clothes are made.
“They don’t know the ramifications on the people or environment,” she said. “For me, it won’t end this week.”
Workspace Collective includes clothing, jewelry, and accessories, as well as bath and body products. It opened last September and shares a space with the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut.
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