A call to action

Main+Market fashion show models 

Main+Market fashion show models 

The fashion show “Main+Market” was held at El Centro College on April 29. What amazed me was one series design utilizing used clothes. I think it will be a good way to recycle cloth because the fashion industry is facing ethics problems.

“Who made my clothes?” was a question asked around the world by Fashion Revolution, a non-profit organization on April 17-24. This is the third year of their movement. 

Many people lack awareness of the information about the supply chain of goods coming from foreign countries. The impulsive photos and video showed in my speech class by my classmates really shocked me. 

I had heard about the Nike issue before, but it was still hard to imagine the true story behind a big company until I saw the photos and heard what my classmates were concerned about. It made me realize the issues must be much bigger than we think, and I need to do something about it.

Richland philosophy professor Luke Barber said some people pay more to buy fair-trade coffee. That is a moral action for them. 

“The reason for that is, in ethics, one principle we can all be sure of, it is wrong to exploit other people. If you drink coffee that is not fair trade you’re exploiting other people,” he said.

One suggestion might be to pressure companies for transparency of their supply chain, being more concerned about other people and support sustainability and eco-aware movements as fashion revolution or fair trade.

Sustainability is an important topic, but, until recently, it has not captured the public’s attention in an impactful way. Think about one pair of jeans. Perhaps it would seem more important, though, if you witnessed the truth behind the twill: cotton picking, dyeing, weaving, sewing, decorating, stone-washing, packing and transporting.

 Each stage of the supply chain takes a toll on a human body. If consumers knew the worker’s names, saw their exhausted faces and realized that they work hard for our lust for fast fashion, they might just rethink their actions.

Clothing is quickly abandoned because it is old fashioned or just because people want something new. Or, just because of “buy one get one free” and other in-store sales. Shopping has become a defining characteristic of Western culture in which we assert that hard work can be rewarded by buying stuff. 

But do we really need that much? Does every girl really need a Gucci bag? Based on the past, everything is getting cheaper, faster, more affordable and easier to buy. It can make us less respectful, grateful, wasting more stuff without thinking. Buying and discarding slowly becomes a habit for consumers. 

Sustainability is not just respect for the worker. It is a concept for saving our planet by recycling our clothes and other things. 

Student Christopher Sosa creatively designed his clothes using old jeans and tops. They looked very useful, beautiful and fashionable. Another student, Hyoungsuk Lee, used the redecorated black rain boot as a very stylish element in his design. The arrangement of outfits and rain boots, yellow contrasting with black, made the whole design very impressive.  

On April 6, the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society fashion show was held in the Richland’s Brazos Gallery. There were two big boxes of clothes that came from different students. The models in the show were asked to match the old clothes in an interesting, new, creative way and wear them in the show.