Report Back: Don't Mention The Garment Workers
On Friday 12 September 2014, as London Fashion Week started we took action to to highlight the darkside of the fashion industry: a side the fashion industry would rather was kept in the shadows.
The day started early by dropping a massive 30m banner off Waterloo bridge, just opposite Somerset House, where London Fashion week was about to start:
Following the banner drop, a group of activists went to Somerset House to pose for photos and ask the friendly fashionistas to support our cause:
As we tweeted during the day, lots of friends and allies shared our photos and tweets:
— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) September 12, 2014
— IndustriALL (@IndustriALL_GU) September 12, 2014
And lots of friends joined in the chorus:
Dave Prentis, General Secretary, Unison.
Staff from Traid.
In the afternoon, ALL WE CAN, had a celebration with school children and other methodists to celebrate their campaigning with War on Want. The children were right on message:
Lots of the children had been doing craftivism and making mini-banners to get their views across:
The children then went to present their postcards to the ministry and asked some probing questions.
For a fuller explanation of why we felt it important to highlight London Fashion Week's silence about workers, you can read this guest blog post by Tansy Hoskins here.