#SOCIALintheCITY // FASHION REVOLUTION DAY // Co-presented by VIFF Vancity Theatre and Eco Fashion Week
FASHION REVOLUTION: Eco Fashion Week and Vancity Theatre partner to present Hand Made with Love in France and Traceable.
On 24 April 2013, 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Fashion Revolution Day is an international movement to reform factory conditions in the fashion industry, fix the broken supply chain, and encourage responsible consumerism.
VIFF Vancity Theatre is partnering with Eco Fashion Week (April 18-24) to present the films TRACEABLE (Canada, 2014) and HAND MADE WITH LOVE IN FRANCE (France, 2014). The screening of TRACEABLE will be followed by a panel discussion to focus on Fashion Revolution Day, the concept of “tracability” (making the supply chain transparent), consumer and corporate responsibility and globalization in the fashion trade.
For more information about the international movement: http://fashionrevolution.org/
DOUBLE SCREENING + RECEPTION
Join us on Friday, April 24 for Traceable at 6pm, and Hand Made with Love in France at 9pm. There will be a reception between the two films, and a panel discussion with Denise Taschereau (Co-Founder, Fairware), Myriam Laroche (President and founder, Eco Fashion Week), and Nicole Bridger (Fashion Designer). The panel will be moderated by Jane Cox (Fuel Vancouver).
Friday, April 24, 6:00pm
The April 24, 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh put a very different price on the jeans we buy. Over 1100 garment workers died; many more were injured. Yet this tragedy has provided a powerful impetus for change. Traceable looks at the impoverished communities behind the clothing industry that have retained distinctive crafts for generations. ‘Traceability’ is the aim to have a proper trail for every single step in the supply chain. As well as where, it wants consumers to be concerned with how garments are made.
Director Jennifer Sharpe follows Laura Seigel, a young designer fighting to connect the design world with anonymous artisans. Her convictions are not only political, but also aesthetic, and by collaborating in situ with tailors seamstresses and textile workers in Thailand and India, Laura discovers textures and patterns that put an altogether brighter spin on the word “Globalization”.
Friday, April 24, 6:00pm
HIGH SCHOOL SCREENING
VIFF HIGH will screen Traceable for High School students as part of VIFF’s on-going commitment to bring engaging and enlightening films to youth audiences. These screenings are not open to the public, however, click HERE if you are a teacher and interested in booking your class in to see the film and panel discussion.
HAND MADE WITH LOVE IN FRANCE
April 24 – 30
The French title — “time suspended” — perfectly captures this affectionate celebration of the artisans who create fabulous haute-couture outfits for Dior, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent: M. Gérard Lognon, a third-generation specialist in pleat-making; M. Bruno Legeron, a designer of perfect artificial flowers whose atelier opened in 1880; and M. Lorenzo Ré, one of three remaining sculptors of wooden forms for hat-making.
More than just a vibrant and poignant documentary, Julie Georgia Bernard’s film is also a significant historical document that arrives at a key moment, as these ateliers face a triple challenge. Firstly, the pressures of time and productivity as the number of collections produced by designers increases exponentially threaten to overwhelm these small craft firms. Secondly, the problem of succession is a constant: just who will take over these businesses after the aging proprietors step away? Thirdly, the very fashion houses they serve seem eager to take over the ateliers for themselves.
With a sense of humour inflected with a touch of French irony, these craftsmen discuss current trends, commenting wryly, for example, on mass-produced garments supposedly “made in France” which are, in fact, manufactured far outside its borders. Bernard allows us to practically inhale their enthusiasm. We luxuriate in their skills and the beautiful shapes, textures and colours they create. This is a delightful look at a vanishing breed.
Friday, April 24, 9:00pm
Saturday, April 25, 6:45pm
Sunday, April 26, 6:20pm
Monday, April 27, 6:30pm
Thursday, April 30, 1:00pm
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