Fashion from inside out
As we conclude Fashion Revolution Week, our head designer Makala Schouls reflects on her own personal fashion revolution as an insider looking out.
I am a fashion designer. I design the clothes you wear. As a designer, I feel responsible for the clothes you wear. I feel it is my responsibility to choose materials that are made ethically, respecting the planet; socially, respecting the people who made them.
Creativity has always been a hobby of mine, eventually I was drawn towards clothing and decided to study fashion design and textile design. I have always been fascinated by what people wore and why they chose to wear it, but didn’t understand how drastic the implications of what we choose to wear can have on others. My personal lack of understanding about the production and manufacturing of garments lead me to pursue an opportunity to work in a factory in Bangladesh.
The factory I worked in was producing for big name fashion brands that you can find in shopping malls all over the world. My inner designer was in awe, “MY designs, in THESE stores”. The factory I was working in also overlooked child labor laws, and had not paid their workers for four months, amongst many other inhumane practices.
Working in Bangladesh, allowed me to obtain an immense amount of production knowledge, but also to experience the dark reality of mass market garment production taking place all over the world. Different jobs with different brands, I just didn't feel good about what I was doing. My heart for people surmounted my desire for a successful career as a fashion designer.