Fashion Sophomore

The not-so-glamorous life of a fashion graduate

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Meet: Aber Proscovia

What she likes about crocheting“I enjoy crocheting because it keeps me busy and helps me to no longer worry about my future.”


See the ladies who make the wonderful products from Krochet Kids. This is one of my favourite labels. They provide work, a liveable income and skills for women in Peru and Uganda. 

millymonster16 said: i want to study fashion and marketing but i also get worried. is it possible to get a career? its the only thing that doesn't sound terrible and i feel somewhat passionate about. im just worried its not a practical choice

Yes! Many people think that there is little career opportunity in fashion, but it is a multi billion dollar industry with so many different areas to go into from design to PR to marketing.
I think it is a good idea to study both fashion and marketing as this will give you a great set of skills to go into different areas (depending on what you’re interested in).
But the biggest thing to remember is that you must be passionate to succeed, work hard, take any internship opportunities that come your way and always network! As well as what you know, the fashion industry is very much about who you know.
I hope this helped. Good luck with your decision :)

Viv knows best.

Viv knows best.

Primark Shopper Finds Worker’s “Cry From Help” Sewn Into Dress

This is an article I recently read about a customer of Primark who found a note left in the garment from a factory worker. Since then, another customer has found a similar hand embroidered note. These workers are crying for help. Make a stand and write to Primark to tell them that sweatshop production is not acceptable.  

Article source: (ecouterre)

"A Primark shopper got more than she bargained after discovering a “cry for help” sewn into the lining of her cut-price dress. Rebecca Gallagher from Swansea, Wales, was searching her £10 buy for washing instructions when she found a label bearing the hand-embroidered words, “Forced to work exhausting hours.” Gallagher believes that a garment worker stitched the message in a fit of desperation. “I’ve got no idea who put it there but it really took the wind out of my sails,” she told the South Wales Evening Post. “It makes me think that it was a cry for help—to let us people in Britain know what is going on.”

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The 25-year-old mother of one, who claims the discount retailer hung up when she called about the label, says the incident has forced her to rethink the way she consumes. “To be honest I’ve never really thought much about how the clothes are made,” Gallagher said. “But this really made me think about how we get our cheap fashion. I dread to think that my summer top may be made by some exhausted person toiling away for hours in some sweatshop abroad.”

Primark, one of the brands that sourced clothing from the infamous Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh, as well as the first U.K. retailer to sign the legally binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, says there have been “no other incidents of this kind” relating to the garment in question. “We find it very strange that this has come to light so recently, given that the dress was on sale more than a year ago,” a spokesman said in a statement on Monday. “We would be grateful if the customer would give us the dress, so we can investigate how the additional label became attached and whether there are issues which need to be looked into.”

This isn’t the first time alleged sweatshop workers have used merchandise to communicate their distress. In 2012, a woman found in her Saks Fifth Avenue shopping carrier a note from a man who said he was forced to work 13-hour days at a Chinese prison factory to make the bags.”


The photos below are of the customer who has since found a similar tag in her Primark garment. 

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“You carry the stories of the people that make your clothes”

—   Ali Hewson

Fashion Revolution Day

Today, April 24, is Fashion Revolution Day. It has been one year since the tragedy in Rana Plaza and to bring attention to ethical fashion, Fashion Revolution Day was started. So have a look at the label on your clothes and see who made them. 

Be curious, find out, and do something. 

Rana plaza anniversary: some changes in garment industry, but not enough

On this day last year a garment factory, the Rana Plaza, collapsed in Bangladesh, killing more than a thousand people. The disaster wasn’t the first of its type but the widespread coverage sparked unprecedented concern over conditions in garment factories. While company and consumer behaviour is changing, victim compensation remains low and only a third of the funds needed have been raised.

Wise words from Karl Lagerfeld. Fashion is not about keeping up, it’s about leading the way, making your own style and ‘trends’.

Hear an garment factory worker tell her survival story!!

Here is an email I received from oxfam today. If you are in Sydney or Melbourne please check this out!! You have the perpetuity to see Sumi Abedin, a garment factory worker who survived a fire at her work. You can hear first hand how these workers are really treated. This is an amazing opportunity!
Email below;

Faced with the terrible choice between burning alive, or jumping to what seemed like a certain death, Bangladeshi garment worker Sumi Abedin chose to jump. She hoped that by jumping her family would be able identify her body - she knew if she stayed her body would be burned beyond recognition.

Against the odds, Sumi survived the drop from the third-floor of the Tazreen garment factory with a broken ankle and arm. And she has an important message for you.

Join or invite your friends to the Melbourne event (Tues 15th April) via Facebook
Join or invite your friends to the Sydney event (wed 16th April) via Facebook

Since that factory fire in November 2012, Sumi has been campaigning with Kalpona Akter (former child garment worker) for improved factory safety.

As a labour rights campaigner myself, I was appalled when I heard about the Tazreen fire that killed 112 workers. And then in April last year, the eight-story Rana Plaza building collapsed. The huge loss of life (more than 1,100 dead and 2,500 injured) shocked the world.

Since then, thousands of people like you successfully campaigned for Australian clothing brands signed onto the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord to help prevent future tragedies (Kmart, Cotton On Group, Target and others have signed).

But almost a year after the Rana Plaza collapse, The Just Group (Just Jeans, Jay Jays, Peter Alexander) and Best&Less still haven’t signed the Accord.

Please come and hear Sumi and Kalpona on why signing the Accord is so important; and how you can support the people who make your clothes.

Tuesday 15th April
5.30 for a 6pm start
Melbourne City Conference Centre Swanston St,
Melbourne (near cnr of Lt. Lonsdale St, opposite the State Library)

Free entry, View and invite friends to the Melbourne Event on Facebook

Wednesday 16th April
5.30 for a 6pm start
NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre
37 Reservoir St, Surry Hills, Sydney (near Central Railway Station)

Free entry, View and invite friends to the Sydney Event on Facebook

If you are not in Melbourne and Sydney, please share this with your friends in those cities who might be able to attend

Daisy Gardener

Corporate Accountability and Fair Trade Advisor

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“I love fashion. But I want it to excite and inspire me, not to make me really, really angry.”

—   Lucy Siegle


For past couple of months I’ve been interning at a large company in the fashion industry. It’s a great opportunity, but got me to thinking about the use if interns in the creative industries.
Is free labour really fair when large companies with a high income can obviously afford to pay their interns? And are interns being exploited? I think in most case yes.
To an extent, I agree that work experience is important but only in small blocks. And the intern must be learning!! Too many times I and others I’ve talked to have gained internships at companies pouring coffee, sending mail etc. I know that I’m not going to be designing collections or having meetings with the boss but its so important to show interns what is involved in these fashion rolls so they know if its for them. How can I learn anything about being a designer or working in a design team by doing the jobs no one else wants to do?
I agree with starting from the bottom ad working my way up the ladder, but exploiting eager students who are unwilling to speak up is not on. The number of interns used in the fashion industry is out of control and too many paid roles are being replaced by free interns.