What is a fashion tour? Pfaffing around on Twitter I came across a link for the Fair Fashion Daily Damask newsletter, which led to the Fair is Fare Fashion Tour website . I was intrigued. What was this whole idea of a Fashion Tour to raise awareness about human rights?
The Fair is Fare Fashion Tour was born out of a series of university events run by The Human Rights Awareness Tour and the Fair is Fare Project at the University of Connecticut. It was such a success that the now graduated students decided to take it on tour. Fair is Fare Fashion Tour is now a community project of Del Monsoon, which runs events showcasing clothes and accessories that strive to be eco and worker friendly.
“We wanted to show people that clothes from sweatshops don't have any life or love in them,” explains Xzaviar Boston, the founder of Del Monsoon.
“So far we've done the IOU fashion show and, as the parent company of Del Monsoon, a jazz themed dinner for a local charity,” says Xzaviar. “The fashion show was a mixture of industry and earth while the dinner was more relaxed and was more about connecting with people through music, dance, and speech.”
|Modelling for Fair is Fare Fashion Tour|
Although no longer at university himself, Xzaviar aims to continue to include the universities in the Fair is Fare Fashion Tour’s work, and hopes to see a Fare is Fair Fashion Tour go on a tour of US and Canadian universities. Fair Fashion Tour is reaching out to connections beyond the US, but at this stage funding means that the events will be US focused.
|Fair is Fair Fashion Tour showcasing upcycled wallet|
Now in its fourth year, the Tour includes interactive programs, community workshops, and multimedia events to complement the fashion shows. In their words:
“The creativity, the artistry, the absolute elegance of an evening of fashion fused with raising awareness of sweatshop free and eco-friendly clothing lines is what many have come to expect from the Fair is Fare Fashion Tour.”
So that’s what a fashion tour is. Sounds like fun.