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Fashion Revolution’s annual "Question Time" to go digital amid COVID-19

Tom Bottomley
09 April 2020

The annual "Fashion Question Time" – in partnership with the Victoria & Albert museum (V&A) – will undertake a new digital format in light of the current coronavirus crisis, according to its hosts, Fashion Revolution.

The event will be live-streamed between 11am – 1pm on Friday 24 April, 2020, on Fashion Revolution’s YouTube channel with the theme "Mass consumption: The end of an era."

Chaired by Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey, co-chair of the APPG for ethics and sustainability in fashion, panellists are set to include MP Mary Creagh, Kenya Hunt, fashion director of Grazia, professor Kate Fletcher from the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, UAL, Dr Lisa Cameron, MP and chair of the APPG for textiles and fashion and Dio Kurazawa, co-founder of The Bear Scouts.

The "Fashion Question Time" format will be unchanged, relying on selected, pre-submitted questions by industry professionals and members of the public. By streaming online, it will be able to reach a wider audience than ever before. The event will also be available to watch afterwards on the Fashion Revolution website. 

Looking at mass consumption at the time of the coronavirus, the panellists will focus on climate breakdown and alternatives to the gradual but unsustainable growth business model and its inevitable waste burden. Ways in which people can start their own journey to implementing less wasteful lifestyles, while respecting the people who make our clothes, will also be addressed.

Fashion Revolution’s co-founder and creative director, Orsola de Castro, says: “Fashion Question Time is an opportunity for all fashion stakeholders, from citizens to designers to producers, academics and policymakers, to come together and champion a collective vision for the future of our industry, one that requires radical and systemic change now more than ever.”

Edwina Ehrman, senior curator of textiles and fashion at the V&A comments: “The V&A has been proud to partner with Fashion Revolution’s ‘Fashion Question Time’ since 2019. We are sadly not able to host this year’s event because of the global pandemic, however we are delighted that this important event in the fashion calendar is taking place online.”

Fashion Revolution Week, a global campaign calling for a fairer, safer, more transparent fashion industry, runs from 20-26 April, 2020. This year’s focus will be on four key areas - consumption, composition, conditions and collective action - showing how the unfolding coronavirus crisis is affecting the people who make our clothes, as well as the impact our clothing has on the earth and the oceans.

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