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london college of fashion's revolution day protest

On 24th April last year, 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Social and environmental catastrophes in our fashion supply chains continue. Fashion Revolution Day says enough is enough. To coincide with this, LCF students have turned their messages into fashion statements, Katherine Hamnett style! Exploring issues from parenting to propaganda, they've made their statements 3D and the results will be exhibited tonight at White Rabbit Studios in their exhibition #LCFPROTEST14. "Fashion is a message. The image we construct of ourselves as a projection to others carries just as much of a moral and political message as it does one’s beauty, individuality and character." Rob Phillips, Creative Director of the School of Design and Technology, London College of Fashion

Text London College of Fashion students
Photography Riccardo Raspa
Photography Assistance Francesco La Porta
Creative Director Rob Phillips
Hair and Make-up Melissa Wong

 

 

  • meet your maker

    "Meet Your Maker addresses both the need to refocus emphasis on craft in the design industry and the lack of knowledge consumers have of the manufacturing process behind garments. By knowing and understanding the narrative of garments - right from the design process through to the hanger the garment is hung on, an awareness is placed on the care and craft that has gone into producing it. We hope to encourage the consumer to consider the value of garments, creating an appreciation that will promote longevity in garments - making them more treasured by their owners."

    By Alice Bodgener, Rebecka Fleetwood-Smith, Stephanie Cooper
    Model Maã Stl

    Meet Your Maker

  • Copy Kids

    "We are all born unique, but most people die a copy. Childhood years are the most influential of a person’s life and these years build the founding principles that one lives their life upon. Often, through social pressures, parents can encourage their child to act in a certain way and develop tastes that follow one ideal. It is this that we want to protest against - no more copies of one another - we want more individuality - more creative thought. We want the next generation to be more open-minded and have the confidence to be their own person."

    By Mao Tsen Chang, Samreeta Sohal, Jacob Patterson
    Model Johannes Daniel

    Copy Kids

  • Medicate Me

    "The UK is very fortunate to have the NHS but we believe that it’s treatment for depression needs to be assessed and reconfigured. The NHS is under-resourced and overly-stretched, leaving it no choice but to treat patients with depression via medication rather than counselling. This leads only to a quick fix, as it is with counselling that a patient is given the appropriate time and consideration to fully restore wellbeing. The balance between medication and therapy needs to be changed. We know that this is a sensitive subject but our treatment of it needs to be bolder."


    By Lucia Kelly, Jana Dahmen

     

    Medicate Me

  • no choice, no voice, no rights

    "We want to speak out against the corrupting influence of money and power in governance. We believe that individuals appointed to speak on behalf of the people have succumbed their conscience and judgment to corruption. As a result: we, the citizens, have no real ability to make decisions for our countries - gone is our equality and freedom of speech.  In an effort to effectively suppress corrupt powers, No Choice, No Voice, No Rights slogan is used as a protest to create awareness internationally and to speak out for human rights."

    By Sher Fyonn Chua, Nur Azalea Binti, Muhammad Marzuki, Mizzi CY Tan, Nicole Paslauskas
    Model Kimberly Tham

     

    No Choice, No Voice, No Rights

  • cheap, cheap, cheap

    "Cheap, Cheap, Cheap questions the fast paced culture that the fashion industry now works within. We want to protest against fast fashion and the way that large companies often plagiarise other designers’ creations. By mass producing garments cheaply - the consumer feels the need to care less. We want consumers to spend more time looking at and understanding the process of garment manufacture, as this will ensure standard of quality and real personal expression are upheld. Fashion needs to take note of this - otherwise we will lose the sense of ourselves."


    By Lauren Pilgreen, Japo Okworobu, Nicole Paskauskas
    Model Illy Jay

     

    Cheap, Cheap, Cheap