Following January’s violent crackdown on Cambodian garment workers, a group of women decided they wanted a new way to draw attention to the workers’ struggle; something different where workers could express for themselves what was really going on.
They decided on a fashion show where workers would model the brand-name clothes they make everyday in the factories, but they’d do it with a very clear message to the brands – stop the violence, stop the exploitation and pay a decent wage. The show weaved together fashion, dance, music, and performance art; at one point men dressed in makeshift ‘Joe Fresh’ riot gear took to the catwalk before reenacting January’s violent crackdown and the death of a worker on stage. For more information on how Cambodian garment workers are draw attention to their rights, click here. Photograph: Garment workers recover after 100 women fainted at Sabrina Garment factory – a supplier of Nike and Lululemon. Filthy Rebena is committed to fighting for a living wage for Cambodian garment workers. We are lucky enough to have sexy and savvy customers that make the conscious choice to purchase garments from Filthy Rebena as 5% of their purchase goes to “Labour Behind The Label”. Labour Behind The Label is an organization that supports the principle of a living wage for garment workers world wide. Together we can make a difference in the lives of Cambodian workers.
The biggest shock of Paris’s spring-summer 2014 fashion shows came on the otherwise calm and gentle Nina Ricci catwalk, when two topless activists from protest group Femen crashed the podium. Grabbing a startled model making her way down the catwalk, they screamed “fashion fascism,” with words decrying the sexualization of the modeling industry written in make-up. One had “Fashion dictaterror” scrawled on her naked torso, the other “Model don’t go to brothel.”
British model, Liverpool-born Hollie-May Saker, was caught in the middle, with the protesters brushing against her lamé-and-lace skirt.
“The next thing I just see half-naked women with black marker pen scrawled across their bare chests and that’s when she came at me….As she grabbed my arm she lifted my skirt exposing me – I pulled my arm back with such force that I landed a punch square on her nose,” Saker told the Echo.
Rebena is not quite sure what to think about this – because nothing says “take me seriously” like stripping down to denounce the over sexualization of women. International attention? Certainly. International contempt? Yep, got that too. International support… ?????.