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ADF Selects: Fashion Revolution Week 2020

ADF Selects: Fashion Revolution Week 2020 Zimbabwe Haus of Stone by Ngonizashe Chinara

Zimbabwe Haus of Stone by Ngonizashe Chinara

16 April 2020

As we make our way through another week of social distancing and working from home, ADF looks ahead to Fashion Revolution Week 2020Calling for change in the global fashion industry, the annual event led by our friends Fashion Revolution marks the anniversary of the tragedy of the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse. This year the international programme will now take place entirely online, from 20-26th of April.

Here are some of the digital workshops, discussions and fashion showcases that we are looking forward to being inspired by during the week.         



23 April  15:00-16:30
Webinar: Shaping Fashion: What's in My Clothes
Shaping Fashion: What's in My Clothes will explore the state of the fashion industry in times of COVID-19. Hosted by the Global Shapers network, the webinar will explore our personal power to effect change and themes such as supply chain transparency and the material composition of clothing.

24 April  11:00-13:00
Panel Discussion: Mass Consumption: the End of an Era?
Fashion Revolution YouTube
Baroness Lola Young, the co-chair of the APPG for Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion, will lead a virtual ‘Fashion Question Time’ panel exploring themes of mass consumption.  The event which is normally held at V&A museum, will be broadcast live on youtube for the first time.

24 April  19:30
Zoom Webinar: 'The Revolution starts in Your Closet'

Italian designer Marina Spadafora will be hosting a webinar on her recently published book 'La Rivoluzione Comincia Dal Tuo Armadio' (The Revolution starts in Your Closet). To access online entry, Mariana's asking guests to take a selfie and ask a brand #WhoMadeMyClothes and tag @fash_rev_italia.

20-26 April  15:00
Instagram Live 
Throughout the week, an instagram live series will take place each day exploring four key themes of consumption, composition, conditions and collective action. Hosted by Fashion Revolution speakers it will include Emma Slade Edmonson, Patrick Duffy of Global Fashion Exchange and Yasmin Henry Jones.


Celebrating creativity through a digital lens, Fashion Open Studio is Fashion Revolution’s showcasing initiative that celebrates the people and processes behind fashion. This year it will also be an entirely virtual showcase with a programme of live events from 25 designers in the UK as well as 24 designers from 12 countries.

21st April  16:00-17:00
Zoom and Youtube Live: ØYEBLIKK
British designer Matthew Needham's visual presentation and discussion will explore his recent collection and experiences of being a young designer during COVID-19. He will also be joined by collaborators, footwear artist Helen Kirkum, milliner Jo Miller, and bio-materials designer Alice Potts. 

21-23 April  17:00-18:00
Film Screenings: Sarbande Sessions
Created by The Sarabande Foundation, three exclusive films highlight the sustainable innovation and creative processes of designers, Katie Roberts-Wood, Leo Carlton and design duo WED as they isolate and create.

25 April  14:00-16:30
Workshops: Fashion Open Studio x Somerset House
As part of their Earth Day programme, Somerset House will host a live stream of talks and workshops with designers including Bethany Williams, Katie Jones, Paola Carzana and Congregation.

20-25 April  13:30-14:30
Instagram: Iro Iro New Heroes: Daily Illustrations and Readings
Indian designers Iro Iro will be hosting daily illustrations and poetry readings around the historical figures who inspired their collection Moonwash.

26 April  11:00-12:00
Studio Tour: Môi Điên
Known for working with deadstock textiles from local markets, Vietnamese designer Môi Điên will be hosting a Q&A and studio tour exploring the studio's latest collection.


21 April  11:00-12:30
Workshop: Quilting from Waste
As a continuation of her ‘Quilting from Waste’ project, British designer Phoebe English will be hosting a handmade patchwork workshop where viewers can download patterns in advance to can use their own fabric waste at home to learn how to construct a quilt.

22 April  13:00-14:00
Youtube Live: The Therapy of Fashion
Live from Zimbabwe ‘The Therapy of Fashion: One garment, many hands’ will see Zimbabwean designer Haus of Stone and yoga instructor Tendai Angela Jambgwa host a guided meditation and making workshop exploring the meditative qualities of collective craft. 

23 April  13:00-14:00
Instagram Live: @raeburn_design
In the RAEBURN Rapid Repairs workshop, Graeme Raeburn will demonstrate 3 clothing repair tricks from his London studio that are accessible to try via Instagram live.

23, 24, 26 April  14:00-17:00
Workshops: Soup Archive
German unisex brand Soup Archive will be running three playful upcycling workshops with a focus on re-use and deconstruction where viewers can use their own scraps to practice the technique at home.

20-26 April  Varying times
Workshops: Sona Asemani
Iranian designer Sona Asemani will be running upcyclying through embroidery tutorials throughout the week as part of a series of workshops with four Iranian designers hosted by the Aassttiinn platform


Explore the Fashion Revolution resource library including the ‘Get Involved Guides’, ‘How To Guides’ and ‘How To Be a Fashion Revolutionary’ created in partnership with British Council. Fashion Revolution also publish reading lists of books and articles on their Instagram feed.

If you want to go deeper, download and read a copy of the Fashion Transparency Index 2020, which will be launched on 21 April. The index rates 250 of the biggest brands and retailers in the world on how much information they disclose publicly about their supply chain.

To start your own contribution, you can download the Fashion Revolution Week 2020 Digital Activism Guide to get involved through social media, digital tools and virtual activism. While it may not be possible to meet in physical communities, Fashion Revolution have put together a simple guide for digitising Fashion Revolution Week events, from film screenings to workshops and panel discussions. 

All time slots are in British Summer Time.