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  • Chantal Brocca

Fashion Revolution Week 2019

Fashion Revolution Week 2019 marks the 6th anniversary of the infamous Rana Plaza collapse and the beginning of a global movement that has had a momentous impact on how producers, consumers and stakeholders in fashion perceive and address the issue of sustainability.

Since its inception, Fashion Revolution has campaigned globally for a more sustainable fashion industry, raising awareness of its most pressing environmental and social issues, and calling for and achieving systemic reforms that brought about positive change that continue to tackle poverty, human rights violations, low wages, discrimination, environmental pollution, waste and lack of transparency.

In 2018, over 275 million people globally contributed their voice to the movement, engaging thousands of brands and influencers, achieving important coverage from significant publications such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Refinery 29, The Guardian and more, as well as getting the entire length of the value chain to ask questions challenging how fashion is made and by whom, from farmers to factory workers, brands to buyers, and consumers to campaigners.

The same communal ethos and commitment to sustainability was seen last year within the UAE: seminars, workshops, pop ups and movie screenings all culminated with the region’s first ever sustainable fashion runway competition and saw the large scale collaboration between many of Dubai’s key fashion industry players and brands, including Majid Al Futtaim, Chalhoub Group, Dolce and Gabbana, Splash, MBC and more.

Following last year’s success, we aim to go bigger and better, building on the spirit of inclusivity which stands at the nexus of the UAE’s unique character, bringing together its different communities and diverse cultures in order to become a true and impactful force for good, in support of UAE Vision 2021 and the region’s goal to become the eco-friendliest country by the year 2020.

This year, the theme focuses on how the future fashion industry should respect both people and planet with fair and decent work, environmental protection and gender equality, with special attention given to the women who comprise 80% of the global garment industry workforce.

The 2019 edition of Fashion Revolution UAE will kick off on Earth Day, running from the 22nd to the 28th of April alongside the 1000 events taking place in over 100 countries around the world, encompassing a series of thought-provoking events aimed at inciting local discussion and action on the topic of ethics, conscious consumerism and sustainable fashion, binding more individuals, entities and communities by a shared purpose by asking the simple question: Who Made My Clothes?


GFX Clothes Swap

Date: April 22nd – 28th

Time: 12pm – 5pm

Venue: Retold Store, Dubai

The Circular Economy: Panel Discussion and Networking

Date: April 24th

Time: 6 – 7:30pm

Venue: OneLife Kitchen and Café, Dubai Design District


Anita Nouri – Founder and CEO of Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability LLC

Kris Barber – Founder and CEO of D-Grade

Petar Stojanov – Academic research scientist and Founder of Ebtikaar

Ayesha Siddequa - Founder of Future Fashion and UAE Ambassador of Fashion Revolution

Upcycling and Recycling Workshop

Date: 27th April

Time: 2pm – 4pm

Venue: Myocum, Dubai

Movie screening of The True Cost documentary followed by Q&A, co-hosted by FAETH

Date: 23rd April

Time: 6pm

Venue: Mercato Cinema

University Student Sustainable Fashion Runway Competition

Date: 28rd April

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Venue: City Centre Deira, Vox Cinema Foyer

Fashion Revolution is more than a movement; it is the future, and it begins with us. Find out more on

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