10 things to see and do for Fashion Revolution Week

Image via Eco.Mono
Words by Rosie Macquire

Get involved.

Fashion Revolution Week is back for 2018, with a variety of events aimed at bringing ethical fashion to the mainstream. Taking place from April 23 to 29, the goal is to celebrate local brands and producers who are fighting against the exploitation of garment workers across the globe.

If you’re interested in networking, getting to know local brands, or would like to be part of the solution, here are our top picks of things to see and do around the country.

Adelaide Fashion Revolution Night

Join not-for-profit organisation From Found to celebrate the first night of Fashion Revolution Week. Kick things off with a screening of award-winning documentary RiverBlue, exploring the destruction of our rivers from the effect of the fashion industry. A panel discussion featuring members of From Found, Fair Wear South Australia and more will follow, allowing you to embrace ethical fashion and join the revolution.

The Joinery
111 Franklin Street, Adelaide SA
Monday April 23, 6pm – 9pm
Tickets here.


eco.mono Pop-up Shop

This environmentally-friendly retailer is hosting its first-ever pop-up shop. Traditionally an online store, eco.mono will show a curated collection of sustainable, Australian-made labels. eco.mono believes that beautiful clothing should not be at the expense of the people or the environment, which is why $5 from every sale at the pop-up will go towards the Fashion Revolution campaign.

157 Elgin Street, Carlton VIC
April 24 to May 6
Monday – Friday, 10am – 8pm
Saturday, 9am – 6pm
Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Anzac Day, 1pm – 8pm


Citizen Wolf Zero Waste Tote Workshop

Everyone loves a tote bag right? Well, now you can make your own at a workshop hosted by Citizen Wolf. Held in the brand’s showroom, Citizen Wolf will demonstrate how to fashion leftover materials into a one-of-kind tote. If you’re into sewing or want to learn a new skill, this a great opportunity to have some fun and learn more about the campaign. Places are limited with only three sessions to choose from, and only four available places at each one. Tickets are $20, but you’ll be reimbursed with a $20 gift voucher for Citizen Wolf, so it’s basically free.

Citizen Wolf
255B Crown Street, Darlinghurst NSW
April 28 to April 29
Saturday, 2pm
Sunday, 10.30am

Tickets here.


RMIT Ethical Fashion Expo

RMIT is gearing up to host an expo of events demonstrating different ways people can participate in Fashion Revolution Week. An Oxfam Clothes Swap will encourage punters to swap pre-loved clothing, while a Fitted For Work Thrift Pop-Up will raise much-needed funds for disadvantaged women. You can also expect guest speakers from Fairtrade Australia New Zealand and The Conscious Closet.

RMIT City Campus
Garden Building, Level 5-7, 124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne VIC
Thursday April 26, 11am – 2pm
Register here.


A Swapping Revolution

One of the most eco-friendly ways to update your wardrobe is by swapping. This year, The Clothing Exchange will host a huge swap-shop for anyone wanting to get rid of old clothes and find something new. The ultimate goal of the event is to save one million pounds of clothing from going to landfill, with anything left over going to charity. Tickets are $25 each, with 10 per cent of ticket sales going towards the campaign. You can bring along up to six items of clothing you’re ready to part with.

The Space Dance & Arts Centre
318 Chapel Street, Prahran VIC
Sunday April 29, 11am – 3pm
Tickets here.


Suitcase Rummage

For 2018, Suitcase Rummage will set up shop in Sydney’s The Goods Line. Handmade and second-hand shop stalls will be ready for you to recycle, upcycle and thrift. You can bring a suitcase of items along that you want to sell, or go along as a customer to find yourself something new. Everything from clothes to homewares and records can be sold. The event is partnered with Oxfam’s What She Makes,  a project committed to fighting for fair and ethical fashion.

The Goods Line
Ultimo Pedestrian Network, Ultimo NSW
Sunday April 29, 11am – 4pm


An Evening of Female Ethical Fashion Designers in Conversation + Curated Fashion Market

tommie magazine will host its own ethical fashion discussion, calling on women in leadership roles and female-led business. Listen to designers from Milk + Thistle, Made590, Made Goods and more on how to start your own ethical fashion brand, benefits of producing locally and how ethics can work in fashion. Tickets include a glass of biodynamic wine, priority seating and access to a curated market from the participating brands.

The Sheds
30 Carrington Road, Marrickville NSW
Friday April 27, 6.30pm – 11.30pm
Tickets here.


Five Years of Fashion Revolution

If you’re keen to learn more about the campaign itself, head along to Five Years of Fashion Revolution to get involved in the conversation. A panel of industry professionals will reflect on the last five years of Fashion Revolution and its progress, and how they plan to tackle the challenges ahead.

Powerhouse Museum
500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney
Monday April 23, 6pm – 8.30pm

Tickets here.


Beginners Sewing Skills

Envious of that friend with the slick sewing machine skills? Then read on. This class is the perfect introduction to sewing, where you will learn to operate the machine, use different techniques and understand commercial patterns. You’ll walk away with your own tote bag and apron, as well as a variety of samples to get your skills up to scratch. Better get in quick, the six-week course has super limited places, with only six students per class.

639 Currumbin Creek Road, Gold Coast QLD
April 24 to June 2
Tuesday, 9.30am – 1pm
Saturday, 9.30am – 1pm

More info here.

David Jones Capsule Collection

David Jones is teaming up with four accredited Ethical Clothing Australia brands this year to release a 23-piece capsule collection. The retailer has tapped Australian heavyweights like Manning Cartell, Nobody Denim, Bianca Spender x The Social Outfit and Viktoria & Woods. You can shop the designer capsule for yourself online now, and at custom-built pop-up spaces in David Jones Elizabeth Street and Bourke Street until April 29.


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