Activism & Leadership

Orsola De Castro, Fashion Revolution: Why We Need a Fashion Revolution

Video with Orsola de Castro on Thursday 21st February 2019

Orsola de Castro puts the ‘ethics’ in ‘aesthetics’.

An internationally recognised pioneer in sustainable fashion, Orsola de Castro works tirelessly to raise awareness, demonstrate the true cost of our clothes and show the world that change is possible.


Orsola works from within the industry to bring labels, suppliers and the other parts of the value chain together: asking questions, raising standards and making a difference. Her own label, From Somewhere, used to recycle offcuts and upcycle luxury materials to produce ‘exquisite rubbish’. Estethica, a sustainability arena that Orsola curated for London Fashion Week, put the capital at the heart of this energetic movement.

Orsola is a regular keynote speaker at sustainable fashion events worldwide, TED Talks and lectures regularly in the UK and internationally including Central Saint Martins, Camberwell College, The Hong Kong Design Institute, Esmod Berlin.
She is also the co-founder of Fashion Revolution which every year on the 24th April bring everyone in the fashion value chain together and help to raise awareness of the true cost of fashion, show the world that change is possible, and celebrate all those involved in creating a more sustainable future.

About the event:
The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. Join the pioneers of the sustainable fashion world this February as we uncover the true cost of our clothing throughout an evening of talks, panel discussions, Q&As, drinks, food and music. Joining us are Orsola De Castro (Fashion Revolution), Alex Noble (EMG Initiative), Sophie Slater (Birdsong) & Dian-Jen Lin (The Sustainable Angle & Post Carbon Fashion).

The fashion industry has a devastating environmental and social impact on our planet. Pollution, unethical labour practices, deforestation, hydrocide, climate change, and ever-increasing waste generation has been intensified by the phenomenon of fast fashion. While it is crucial that fashion producers transform their business models given the industry’s strong growth trajectory, we, the consumers, hold immense power in our ability to vote with our pounds and demand ethical, just and environmentally-friendly clothing. The apparel sector has a pivotal role to play in the transition to a low-carbon economy and we must start challenging the status quo of unsustainable fashion and take meaningful steps towards a sustainable and ethical system.

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Orsola de Castro began up-cycling in 1997 with her original label, From Somewhere, the first to take luxury pre-consumer textile waste and re-make it into new collections.

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