The Cost of Fashion Workshop

BY PREMA KAPOOR

On March 4th, Marie-Pier Guillot from Fashion Takes Action visited MD to speak to students from the Grade 12 Fashion Class, Eco-Club, and the Social Justice SHSM. Prior to the workshop, students were expected to watch the documentary Made in Bangladesh to get a better understanding of how poor the conditions are in sweatshops and other factories in which clothes are made.

While Guillot came to speak to us about reducing our ecological footprint when it comes to fashion and being more cautious regarding where we are buying it from, she had many different resources and activities to engage the students. Students were able to get a new perspective on how much each person makes for a ten dollar student, with everyone in complete shock when they learned the actual worker only makes three cents per shirt. Aside from this, students were also able to learn more about the process that goes into making the shirt.

At the end of the workshop, Guillot taught the students how to transform an old t-shirt into a reusable bag they would be able to use for groceries or anything else they might need to carry.

The workshop was an amazing educational experience for the students, and extremely fun. All students will have the chance to take part in another Cost of Fashion workshop on March 27th during the afternoon.

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