Fashion for Good
Posted on August 26 2019
Fashion for good
The REVIVE Fashion Show fundraiser benefitting Dressember - a non-profit organization started to raise awareness and funds to end modern day slavery and human trafficking - is coming together, and in a few short weeks we'll be gathering in Madison, Wisconsin for a night of upcycled fashion, an ethically made and handmade pop up market, music and entertainment, all while raising funds for a good cause!
Can't make it to the event? We'll be auctioning off all the looks from the runway following the show.
I've been asked more than once how we got here, to this partnership between Fair Indigo and Dressember. Why Dressember? Why a fashion show? The answer is a little long-winded, but I'd like to take this opportunity to thank a handful of people who helped us get here.
A few years ago, we were contacted by Ellie Kirkland and Elizabeth Carroll from the ethical fashion blog Dress Well, Do Good. They were doing this dress challenge called Dressember and wanted to shout out our brand on social media. "Sure," I responded, "we'd love the exposure!" Fast forward a few years, and Instagram is by far my favorite way to engage with customers and other like-minded brands.
So started my education in the Dressember advocacy program. Each year, these women committed to wearing a dress every day in December - and by posting something as simple as a selfie these people were bringing awareness and knowledge to an often overlooked issue of human trafficking in communities near and far. But better still, these women were having FUN doing it. They set challenges, supported each other, talked openly about a tough topic, and raised money for a good cause. This is the type of community I wanted to be a part of. This was a movement I was willing to throw my limited energy into. I completed my first ever advocacy season last December and it was nothing short of life changing - you can read more in the blog It's More Than A Dress.
Fair Indigo's mission to support people by way of paying fair and living wages and ensuring safe working conditions aligns perfectly with the Dressember mission of leveraging fashion and creativity to restore dignity to all women. We were determined to come together in 2019 in a way that was meaningful to everyone, and a fashion show just made sense. Better still, the runway looks will be made from repurposed clothing - which just so happens to be a personal interest of mine. I became interested in eco-friendly clothing production in college after taking a class on sustainability. My senior thesis project was to create a collection made from cast off clothing. After college, I started an Etsy business where I made one-of-a-kind clothing and sold them to people all over the world. A repurposed design challenge and fashion show for a good cause? YES PLEASE.
Planning a fashion show is no joke - I feel confident I could now add "Event Planner" to my resume. AND it's so much more than a fashion show! This event is an opportunity to educate, inspire, and build community around a common goal. We are humbled by the many people who have jumped on board to help us put together this event. From makers, musicians, hosts, fashion enthusiasts, local Dressember advocates, stylists, models, and other like-minded businesses joining in our pop up - THANK YOU! We couldn't do it without you. I'd name you all in person, but I don't want to spoil the surprise of rolling out makers, vendors, and participants over the next several weeks.
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