Last week I headed east for Traffick-Stopping Vintage at Avalon, Shoreditch – a fashion event organised by Red Light Campaign. The campaign, set up by three students centres around an exhibition of photographs that raises awareness of human trafficking. The photographs have been showcased at the Houses of Parliament and will be exhibited at the UN in Vienna this spring.
Using ethical fashion to bring the issue of human trafficking to the fore, their aim is to encourage consumers to question the labour behind the label, promoting the idea that beautiful clothes can be made from sustainable fabrics by fairly treated workers. Donated clothes included items from established ethical designers such as Emesha, From Somewhere and People Tree which were auctioned off to raise funds for the cause.
There were talks from Ann Hamilton, the General Manager of the Human Trafficking Foundation and sustainable fashion expert Amisha Ghadiali who gave excellent advice on rethinking the way we buy clothes, in particular considering the stories behind how they are made. The clothes in the show were truly superb and the styling fantastic – an all round success. Photo – Claudia by Michael Baron.