We knew that unless we stamped our resolve there and now, Rana Plaza would be dismissed as an unfortunate reality of contemporary life. An annual Fashion Revolution Day, which has now changed into Fashion Revolution Week, is a way to keep the most vulnerable in the supply chain in the public eye. We approached key figures we knew in the fashion industry – journalists, academics, brand leaders, supply chain professionals, influencers – who all wanted to be involved. Initially we thought Fashion Revolution would be a UK organisation, but within a few months, as people started to hear about the initiative, we had requests to set up Fashion Revolution teams in other countries. By the first Fashion Revolution Day, 24 April 2014, we had teams in 62 countries. Now in our third year, we have teams in over 90 countries.
So much is hidden within the fashion supply chain, largely due to its scale and complexity. Almost nobody has a clear picture how it all really works, from fibre through to disposal. Unlike food labelling, the labels on our clothes tell us very little.