Last week Fair Corp’s friend Jo headed to East London for Traffick-Stopping Vintage – an ethical fashion event organised by Red Light Campaign.
Using ethical fashion to bring the issue of human trafficking to the fore, the Red Light Campaign was encouraging consumers to question the labour behind the label, and promoting beautiful clothes which are made from sustainable fabrics by fairly treated workers.
Held in the glamorous Avalon in the heart of Shoreditch, the evening started with talks from Ann Hamilton, the General Manager of the Human Trafficking Foundation and sustainable fashion expert Amisha Ghadiali. This was followed by a catwalk featuring leading ethical designers such as From Somewhere, People Tree, and ETHLETIC as well as donated products from Lily Cole which were auctioned to raise funds for the campaign.
ETHLETIC trainers looked great on the catwalk, paired with a cropped bomber jacket and faux leather leggings.
The show raised approximately £2,500!
After the fashion show we caught up with Talia Chain, founder of Red Light Campaign who told us all about their passion for ethical fashion…
Why did you feel it was important for Red Light Campaign to focus on sustainable fashion?
Firstly Red Light Campaign understands the excitement and draw of fashion which engages people in the way other mediums cannot. Fashion has given us a platform in a wider audience to bring to the fore issues about human trafficking. Secondly, ethical fashion asks the consumer to question the labour behind the label and the ethics of prioritizing, consumption and production over humanity.
Red Light Campaign promotes the idea that a beautiful piece of clothing can be made from sustainable fabrics, by fairly treated workers and will last through the seasons moving from one loving owner to the next.
What are your favourite ethical fashion brands?
Well we love so many! I started buying ETHLETIC trainers long before I knew much about ethical fashion - they are great. The ethical fashion boutique Fashion Compassion sell beautiful clothes and we also love some of the bigger names such as Ada Zanditon, Emesha, From Somewhere and People Tree. One of our favourite new designers is Jennifer Sturrock who sells stunning jewellery as well as clothes.
What are the charity’s plans for the future?
The charity has a variety of plans for the future. We are looking forward to collaborations with other human trafficking charities where we will be showcasing our photographs as well as coordinating another fashion show next year in time for anti-slavery week. During Christmas and the New Year we will be expanding our exhibition by working with the Helen Bamber Foundation’s photographic society. The foundation is focused on the rehabilitation of survivors of torture and, among many other projects, co-ordinates groups where the survivors have a creative outlet. The society will be taking photos, which we will add to our exhibition under their name, about their identity using their relationship to clothes.
Finally, Fair Copr readers would love to keep updated on your news – do you have plans to hold any other ethical fashion fundraising events?
Definitely. We have had much interest in doing collaborations with ethical fashion designers for the coming year which we are in the process of organising. We will also organise another fashion show on a larger scale in time for Anti-Slavery Day next year jointly with another charity soon to be announced.
We can’t wait to hear more from the Red Light Campaign – so watch this space and check out our range of ETHLETIC ethical trainers now!