1138. Festival - Fashion Revolution

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  • Mon 23 Apr | 6.30pm - 9.30pm
    Tue 24 Apr | 9am - Late
    Wed 25 Apr | 2pm - 3.56pm

  • - Edinburgh College of Art
    - Wee Red Bar
    - Grassmarket Community Project
    - Princes Street
    - National Museums Scotland
    - Remakery, Leith Walk

1138. Festival - Fashion Revolution is a unique festival of events - lasting exactly 1138 minutes in total - in celebration of Fashion Revolution Week, an annual opportunity to campaign for systematic change in the fashion industry. This is the official Fashion Revolution Scotland event, taking place across Edinburgh with the aim to create widespread awareness of the impact of the fast fashion industry on people and the planet. 1138. contains a wide selection of engaging and immersive activities for everyone to get involved in.

Each minute of the event represents a person that died in the Rana Plaza disaster on the 24th April 2013. On this date, a garment factory collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, causing the death of 1138 people. It was then, in response to the tragedy, that Fashion Revolution, the world's largest fashion activism movement was born. On that day every year since, the innocent people of Rana Plaza, and the wider issues they have come to represent are commemorated.

The 1138 minutes will take place in venues across the city of Edinburgh. It has been organised by Emily Ford-Halliday, a Lecturer in Fashion Design at ECA alongside students from ECA and the wider University, and external partners.


Programme of events

1138. Launch, River Blue Screening and Panel Discussion, Mon 23 Apr, 6.30pm - 9.30pm, Grassmarket Community Project

Follow river conservationist Mark Angelo's stunning journey in this award winning documentary which looks at the devastating environmental impact caused by the Fast Fashion industry and also what designers and innovators are doing to change this. Following the film Fashion Revolution Organiser Vivienne Low will lead a Q&A with Dr Sue Thomas Assistant Professor of Fashion at Heriot-Watt University and author of Fashion Ethics, Nikki Taylor Scottish Regional Coordinator for Fashion Revolution and Aurelie Fontan Year 4 ECA student whose work explores the link between biotextiles.


1138. Memory Breakfast, Tue 24 Apr, 9am - 10am, Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College of Art

The Memory Breakfast aims to spark a conversation amongst attendees about the issues of fast fashion. This is a great starting point for the second day of 1138 day allowing everybody a safe space to ask questions and thus explore the core goals of the Fashion Revolution Organisation! The Memory Breakfast will be led by Milda Lebedyte, a Student Ambassador for the organisation, who is an adamant campaigner for sustainable fashion, most recently through her organisation of the R Sustainable Fashion Show. Come, drink tea, everyone is welcome.


1138. Mobile Instagram: #Whomademyclothes, Tue 24 Apr, 10am - 11am, Princes Street

Look out for our 1138 roaming street photographers on Princes Street! They will be encouraging people on Edinburgh´s main shopping street to use their power as consumers and ask brands “WHO MADE MY CLOTHES?”. Everyone is invited to participate in the powerful Instagram campaign #whomademyclothes that aims to create more transparency within the fashion supply chain.


1138. Sustainable Futures Lunchtime Lectures, Tue 24 Apr, 11am - 1pm, Edinburgh College of Art

Come and listen to a range of professors give talks about issues regarding sustainability in a modern-day setting. Featuring Professor Jason Love, who makes a clear link between scientific recycling practices and the art world, through his work exploring the extraction of precious metals from waste electronic materials.


1138. Memorial Tweet, Tue 24 Apr, 11.38am, National Museums of Scotland

At 11.38am National Museums Scotland will tweet to remember the 1138 people who lost their lives in the Rana Plaza.


1138. Swap Shop, Tue 24 April, 1:30pm - 4pm, Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College of Art

Got some unwanted clothes? Swap them for some fresh new threads and help support change within the fashion industry at the 1138 Swap Shop. 1 item = 1 swap, so come and get some pieces of clothing to cherish. Want VIP entry? Drop off your items between 10am-11am at Wee Red Bar and get access to the shop at 1pm. General entry at 1.30pm.


1138. Colour Elements How to Shop, Tue 24 Apr, 4.30pm - 5.30pm, Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College of Art

What comes first – identity or clothes? Can we learn how to shop for clothes or is it something that should be natural to us? This session will explore shopping techniques with an opportunity for discussion and sharing tips that have helped you shop more effectively. Karen from Colour Elements will demonstrate how customers can shop for specific colours and we’ll message Fashion Revolutionaries in different countries through Twitter to talk about colours in their wardrobes.

Come along ready to share, tweet and shake up current shopping practices.


1138. Fashion Fair & Pop up Fashion Shoot, Tue 24 Apr, 6pm – 8pm, Edinburgh College of Art

Shop local at the 1138 Fashion Fair where you will have the opportunity to explore some amazing Scottish fashion brands that embrace quality and environmentally conscious design. Talk to representatives from Fashion Revolution, Colour Elements and Ascus Lab and see behind the scenes of a live fashion shoot featuring work from Edinburgh College of Art year 1 Fashion students' 'Sustainable Fashion' project.


1138. Poetry Slam, Tue 24 Apr, 8.30pm - 10pm, Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College of Art

The Poetry Slam aims to express issues surrounding the impact of the fast fashion industry through poetry that explores consumption, capitalism, environment, identity and fashion in an new and exciting format. Featuring both established and emerging poets, this event will be an entertaining and challenging take on sustainability and ethics using spoken word and performance art as a vehicle for discussion and change.

Entry: £2 includes free entry to the club night


1138. REVIVAL: Club Night, Tue 24 Apr, 10pm - 3am, Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College of Art

Celebrate the end of the second day of 1138 at REVIVAL - a club night with a conscious. Dress code: second hand, vintage or maybe you'll come sporting one of your new swaps from the 1138 Swap Shop. Come and tell us your #FashionLoveStory in our pop up Instagram photobooth or get an eco-glitter makeover with our resident makeup artist. With drinks promos and a line-up of disco, funk and soul REVIVAL promises to be a great night for everyone.

Entry: £2


1138. Memorial Tweet, Tue 24 April, 11.38pm, National Museum of Scotland

At 11.38pm National Museums Scotland will tweet to remember the 1138 people who lost their lives in the Rana Plaza.


1138. Remakery Workshop, Wed 25 April, 2pm - 3.56pm, Remakery, 127 Leith Walk

Join a special one-off workshop in clothing and textile care and repair with seamstress, Gillian, as part of this years’ Fashion Revolution Week. Over the past 10 years, clothing has been the fastest growing waste stream in the UK and it’s predicted that 235 million items of clothing will end up in landfill in the UK alone this spring.

The Edinburgh Remakery wants to create a community with zero waste at its heart, and you're invited to a free 116-minute workshop to share knowledge and skills to enable you to get the most out of your clothes.

Learn how to care for your clothes with some expert tips and advice, and join a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to carry out simple repairs to extend the life of your clothes, teaching you fun and practical new skills that could not only save you money but also save your favourite dress, jumper, or trousers from ending up in the bin.

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