Bianca Spender, model Rae Rodriguez, and Social Outfit board member Aminata Conteh-Biger.
Janette, one of The Social Outfit's sewing technicians.
Celebrated Australian designer Bianca Spender has partnered with The Social Outfit to design two garments for David Jones, as part of a limited edition Ethical Clothing Australia accredited capsule collection for Fashion Revolution Week, 2018.
Each garment was designed and cut in the Bianca Spender Sydney workroom from remnant silk, and sewn by The Social Outfit's sewing technicians in our Newtown workshop. 100% of the sales of each garment will be donated to The Social Outfit, to help continue our social mission. The Social Outfit supports and employs women from the refugee and new migrant community to gain vital skills and work experience, and develop social connections.
“I’m very excited to be working with The Social Outfit and David Jones on this capsule collection. Fashion Revolution is a great initiative to connect us with who makes our clothes, reminding us as customers to consider our decisions carefully. The Social Outfit celebrates creativity and diversity in our community and being able to work with them is a powerful way to combine my commitment to producing garments locally and supporting ethical, sustainable fashion.”
- Bianca Spender
Beh, one of The Social Outfit's sewing technicians.
Rae Rodriguez, with Fashion Revolution's key theme: "Who made my clothes?"
“We’re very excited about this collaboration with Bianca Spender. Not only do we love Bianca’s feminine silhouettes and her clever play with draped fabrics, it’s great to be collaborating with a designer whose values are aligned with ours.”
- Joanne Morton, The Social Outfit Production Manager and Trainer
Alongside Ethical Clothing Australia limited edition ranges by Nobody Denim, Manning Cartell and Victoria & Woods, the David Jones’ Fashion Revolution Week campaign aims to celebrate the workers that sew garments for some of Australia’s most loved fashion brands.
The capsule collection featuring limited edition garments from all four brands will be on sale from April 16th to 29th, 2018, at David Jones Elizabeth Street, David Jones Bourke Street, and David Jones Online Store.
Model Rae Rodriguez and Bianca Spender.
Naw Esther, one of The Social Outfit's sewing technicians.
Some of The Social Outfit team: (L-R) Ruck Sar, Joanne, Beh, Janette, Jackie, Naw Esther.
Fashion Revolution Week was established in 2014 on the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, claiming the lives of 1138 workers and injuring 2500 others. Fashion Revolution aims to celebrate fashion as a positive influence and through its #whomademyclothes social media campaign, provides a platform to connect consumers to the people behind their clothes. Fashion Revolution Week 2018 runs from April 23 – 29.
Bianca Spender has pledged a Carbon Neutral 2020 target.