RMIT has announced an exhibition around the cost of fast fashion, with 11 workers killed in the latest controversy to hit the sector.
RMIT Gallery’s exhibition Fast Fashion: the dark side of fashion, (21 July - 9 September), will take a critical look behind the scenes of the fashion industry and consumer habits.
It comes as Bangladesh authorities launch an investigation into a blast at a factory that killed at least 11 workers earlier this month.
It is the latest disaster to hit the country's lucrative but low-cost garment industry.
RMIT Gallery’s exhibition Fast Fashion: the dark side of fashion (21 July - 9 September) takes a critical look behind the scenes of the fashion industry and consumer habits.
Presented in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut and RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles, Fast Fashion is curated by Dr Claudia Banz at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg.
It is also supported by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt and Karin Stilke Stiftung.
The exhibition undresses the social, economic and environmental impacts of cheap fashion.
In response, the exhibition’s Slow Fashion Studio explores new fashion practices and experiences to bring about positive change.
Australians are the second largest consumers of new textiles worldwide and, at the same time, fashion is one of Australia’s fastest growing waste problems.
RMIT senior lecturer Dr Jenny Underwood said fashion reflects who we are as an individual and as a society.
“Using the Fast Fashion exhibition as a provocation, the Slow Fashion Studio features the work of nine design practitioners, who collectively create a social space for exploring alternative approaches to how fashion is produced, consumed and experienced,” Underwood said.
“The Studio will showcase everything from advanced digital technologies such as using virtual reality to better design and fit clothes to individual body shapes, to meticulous hand craftsmanship.”
Pictured: Silk remnant dress by Georgia McCorkill, photographer Chealse Vo.