FASHION OPEN STUDIO announces an international schedule for Fashion Revolution Week 2020

FASHION OPEN STUDIO announces an international schedule for Fashion Revolution Week 2020 (20 – 26 April 2020) with 22 designers and brands across 12 countries joining Fashion Revolution’s showcasing initiative. Now in its fourth year, Fashion Open Studio’s purpose is to shine a spotlight on best practice and innovation being led by fashion and textile […]

FASHION OPEN STUDIO announces an international schedule for Fashion Revolution Week 2020 (20 – 26 April 2020) with 22 designers and brands across 12 countries joining Fashion Revolution’s showcasing initiative.

Now in its fourth year, Fashion Open Studio’s purpose is to shine a spotlight on best practice and innovation being led by fashion and textile designers, biotech start-ups and retail disruptors. We believe that responsibility and transparency begins with the designer and there is no better way of being accountable for your actions than opening up your studio to the public. 

The focus of the week-long series of Fashion Open Studio events, which includes workshops, studio tours, talks and hands-on demonstrations, is to work with designers to engage citizens further with who makes their clothes – and to involve them in some of the hands-on processes along the way. This is an alternative to the conventional fashion showcase which does little to address many of the concerns citizens have about the social and environmental impacts of fashion. Fashion Open Studio allows designers to share every aspect of their work, and offers tangible solutions and steps towards a more responsible industry.

The international programme brings together a diverse range of emerging designers and established trailblazers brands from Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Switzerland, Vietnam and Zimbabwe to share how they are rising to the challenges of making fashion with the lightest social and environmental impact. The events will celebrate the people and processes behind their work as well as promoting industry transparency and authentic narratives that resonate with citizens, consumers and creatives alike.

Some highlights include:

  • In New Zealand trailblazing brands Maggie Marilyn and Kowtow will open up their retail and studio spaces for special events. Maggie Marilyn will host a workshop transforming scraps from their studio into be and Kowtow will invite guests into their store in Auckland and store and studio in Wellington for intimate conversations with the team with an emphasis on engaging the next generation of designers and industry pioneers.
  • Woolmark prize winning brand BODICE will launch their Reclaim Lab at their studio in Delhi, offering resale and refurbishment of old pieces and rental of pieces from their new collection. Alongside this in Pune, Ka-Sha and their sister brand Heart to Haat will host a communal quilting workshop blending storytelling, stitching and a chance to learn craft skills with artisans. In Jaipur, Iro Iro a start-up based within a factory will showcase the systems they have been developing to repurpose waste. 
  • Lagos Fashion Week and Style House Files will present three Fashion Open Studios during their biannual showcase which this season takes the form of a 3 week long interactive project titled ‘Woven Threads’ which shows the link between the future of fashion and the preservation of textile craftsmanship across the continent as a foundation for cultural and socio-economic sustainability. Alongside this installation three Fashion Open Studios with Awa Meite a pioneer of organic cotton in Mali, Emmy Kasbit who works with Akwete (an indigenous fabric belonging to the Igbo tribe) and Iamisigo a brand based between Ghana and Nigeria working with visually textured textiles sourced in collaboration with artisan communities across West and East Africa combined with recycled materials.
  • In Paris, Benjamin Benmoyal will invite guests to explore his method of weaving from recycled cassette tapes.
  • Pioneering backpack brand QWSTION will give an insight in the development of their Bananatex ® fabric, made from banana fibre in a programme of three events alongside upcycling designer and researcher Rafael Kuoto and emerging designer Estelle Krattinger. All three events will take place in Zurich, Switzerland as part of a wider partnership with Mode Suisse, Switzerland’s leading industry platform, in which twelve designers pioneering new social and environmental practices will have access to mentorship and support.

We are proud to announce partnerships with Lagos Fashion Week & Style House Files, Mode Suisse and Zimbabwe Fashion Council as part of the international Fashion Open Studio schedule in addition to a partnership between Fashion Revolution Italy and WHITE WSM Fashion Reboot which took place in January 2020 and featured workshops with Larissa von Planta, Abitario and Patrick McDowell. The international designers join a schedule of UK based designers and brands for Fashion Open Studio 2020 taking place as part of Fashion Revolution Week between 20 – 26 April 2020.

Fashion Revolution said “We believe that the way fashion is showcased, including fashion weeks in their current format, needs to be urgently redesigned and upgraded. While they offer a unique platform to showcase innovation and new ideas, they need to be put to good use. Solutions to the global challenges designers and supply chains face can be found within the industry itself through the dedication and commitment of industry insiders striving to explore new ways of working.

Fashion Open Studioproposes a whole new industry agenda. When designers open up their studios to the public, press and industry alike, and talk about the people who make their clothes, their production processes and solutions to particular challenges, they are each contributing towards a crucial shift across the industry. By opening up their practice to questions and welcoming a level of transparency that holds designers accountable every step of the way.

Through internationalising Fashion Open Studiowe hope to invite dialogue and collaboration with international fashion weeks to look at ways to minimise their collective burdensome impact.”

Tamsin Blanchard, Curator Fashion Open Studio said “We are witnessing a growing appetite from a generation of designers to showcase their work in a space where conversations about supply chains, waste reduction, overproduction and materials, as well as a more respectful approach to the artisans, craftspeople and garment makers who make our clothes are taken seriously. These designers are urgently trying to change the industry and its systems to decrease the shocking impact our industry has on the environment. Fashion Open Studio is the platform for designers to share information, find solutions, and value transparent lines of communication with their customers who have a powerful role to play in demanding and driving change.”

Orsola De Castro, Creative Director Fashion Revolution and Fashion Open Studio said“Fashion Open Studio engages with young and established brands, with the people who make our clothes, for irreverent and forward thinking debates and workshops that stimulate different viewpoints – we come together to celebrate or critique, but always to push boundaries.”

All events will be listed on https://www.fashionrevolution.org/about/fashion-open-studio/ and are open to a public and industry audience alike. For booking, ticketing and contact details please visit each individual event listing.

Listings information

Events will take place during Fashion Revolution Week 2020 (20-26 April) in their respective city and country. Events are listed on https://www.fashionrevolution.org/about/fashion-open-studio/ and are open to a public and industry audience alike. For booking, ticketing and contact details please visit each individual event listing.

Fashion Open Studio international schedule designers and brands:

Czech Republic – Odivi

France – Benjamin Benmoyal

Germany – Soup Archive

India – BODICE, Ka-Sha, Iro Iro

Iran – Azadeh Yasaman, Foje, Sona Asemani, Sanaz Nattay

Japan – Atelier MA

Mexico – Caralarga

New Zealand – Kowtow, Maggie Marilyn

Nigeria – Awa Meite, Emmy Kasbit, Iamisgo

Switzerland – Estelle Krattinger, QWSTION, Rafael Kuoto

Vietnam – Moi-Dien, Tamay & Me

Zimbabwe – Gulleluyah, Haus of Stone

About Fashion Open Studio

Now in its fourth year, Fashion Open Studio is a Fashion Revolution initiative. Our purpose is to shine a spotlight on best practice and innovation being led by fashion and textile designers, biotech start-ups and retail disruptors. We believe that responsibility and transparency begins with the designer and there is no better way of being accountable for your actions than opening up your studio to the public. 

The focus of the week-long series of Fashion Open Studio events is to work with designers to engage citizens further about  who makes their clothes – and to involve them in some of the hands-on processes along the way.

This is an alternative to the conventional fashion showcase which does little to address many of the concerns citizens have about the social and environmental impacts of fashion. Fashion Open Studio allows designers to share every aspect of their work, and offers tangible solutions and steps towards a more responsible industry.

About Fashion Revolution

Who we are

We are Fashion Revolution. We are people from all around the world who make the fashion industry work. We are the people who wear clothes. And we are the people who make them.

We are designers, academics, writers, business leaders, policymakers, brands, retailers, marketers, producers, makers, workers and fashion lovers. We are the industry and we are the public. We are world citizens. We are you.

Our vision

We believe in a fashion industry that values people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure.

Our mission

We want to unite people and organisations to work together towards radically changing the way our clothes are sourced, produced and consumed, so that our clothing is made in a safe, clean and fair way.

We believe that collaborating across the whole value chain — from farmer to consumer — is the only way to transform the industry.

Our mission is to bring everyone together to make that happen.

We are a Global Movement

Fashion Revolution is a global movement that runs all year long. We celebrate fashion as a positive influence while also scrutinising industry practices and raising awareness of the fashion industry’s most pressing issues. We aim to show that change is possible and encourage those who are on a journey to create a more ethical and sustainable future for fashion.

Fashion Revolution strives to be action-oriented and solution focused. Rather than making people feel guilty, we help them recognise that they have the power to do something to make a positive change.

We often call ourselves “pro-fashion protesters” because we love fashion and want to see it become a force for good.

We try to always be bold, provocative, inquisitive, accessible and inclusive. We tend to avoid negative protesting, victimising and naming and shaming. We do not target specific individual companies because we believe that the industry’s problems are bigger than any one company’s actions. We do not advocate boycotting simply because we don’t see it as an effective way to achieve systemic change.

About Fashion Revolution Week 20th – 26th April 2020

Fashion Revolution Week is our #whomademyclothes campaign in April, which falls on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1138 people and injured many more on 24th April 2013. That is the day Fashion Revolution was born. During this week, brands and producers are encouraged to respond with the hashtag #imadeyourclothes and to demonstrate transparency in their supply chain.

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