A group of students from my university, the University of Sussex, just started a ‘Fashion Fast’. What does it mean you may wonder? Well, it consists of committing to using only 6 pieces of clothing from now until Easter. They are doing this challenge based on Labour Behind the Label’s fundraising project designed to make people reflect on the strong links between consumption, the environment and labour conditions along global garment supply chains, as well as to raise awareness of how the present fashion industry impacts negatively on people and the planet.
Taking an auto-ethnographic approach, they’re going to post their thoughts and reflections about the project over the coming weeks – please do check it out as I think it’s going to be really interesting to read what they come up with! The anthropology blog where they are being published is called Culture and Capitalism, an amazing blog where you can find other different posts written by Sussex students and staff. In fact, there are few articles focusing on the hidden side of the fashion industry, garment workers’ work injury compensations and vulnerable working conditions in global supply chains which are all well worth reading 🙂
Anyhow, just a short post this one, but when I first heard about the students doing this project, I had to share it! I myself am going to join them and commit to wearing only 6 pieces of clothing until Easter, let’s see what happens!! I’ll leave a photo here of the clothes I have carefully chosen for this and I’ll share with you my own reflections at the end of the challenge. Stay tuned!