Exhibition Fast Fashion - The Dark Side of Fashion

Exhibition Foto: Tim Mitchell

Fri, 21.07.2017 -
Sat, 09.09.2017

RMIT Gallery

344 Swanston Street
3000 Melbourne

and Slow Fashion Studio - Alternative Approaches to Fashion

How can a T-Shirt cost less than a large coffee? And how environmentally-friendly and social are our clothes, after having travelled across the globe?

The term "fast fashion" describes mass-produced items of fashion that are being sold cheaply wordwide. In a course of seven stations visitors get an insight into the complex system that is the global textile industry. The three main themes consume, economics and ecology are being discussed from diverse angles: fashion and its victims, poverty and wealth, global and local developments, wages and profits, clothing and chemicals, and the ecological balance.

Dutch-canadian photographer Paolo Woods for example draws attention to the reflux of t-shirts from North America to Haiti, their place of origin and production. His series is complemented by a documentary on second hand markets in Africa, the so-called "Mitumba".

German photographer Susanne Friedel shows works that deal with below existential wage for textile workes in Asia and Eastern Europe. Aktivist and documentary photographer Taslima Akhter from Bangladesh named her contribution to the exhibition "Death of a Thousand Dreams", and depicts the lifes of textile workers after the collapse of the textile factory Rana Plaza in Dhaka.

A locally curated part of the exhibition is the "Slow Fashion Studio". In collaboration with the RMIT School for Fashion and Textiles, this work-in-progress exhibition features the work of nine design pracititioners, who collectively create a social space for exploring alternative approaches to how fashion is produced, consumed and experienced. Furthermore, the Slow Fashion Studio offers free workshops:

The Mending Mart, Thursdays from 11am. Further information and registration via Eventbrite.
Every Body: Immersive Design Workshop, Fridays from 11am. Further information and registration via Eventbrite.

Fast Fashion – The Dark Side of Fashion is an exhibition of the Museum für Kunst & Gewerbe Hamburg, curated by Dr. Claudia Banz. It has travelled from Germany to the Philippines and Indonesia, where it has connected designers and makers of ethical fashion to global narratives. Melbourne is the last stop on the exhibition’s itinerary, before returning home to Hamburg.

This project has been made possible through the Karin Stilke Stiftung and DBU Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt.

Event series: Fast Fashion | Slow Fashion