I’m not very keen on reality tv, but I think I will watch this new series from the BBC, which takes six heedless young fashion followers for a taste of life in a clothes factory in India to “see how it changes their attitudes to cut-price clothing”. I hope along the way it will raise a lot of interesting and challenging questions.
I don’t know if this will be shown anywhere but in the UK, but for anyone who’s interested and can get it, Blood, Sweat and T-shirts is on BBC3, starting Tuesday 22 April at 9pm.
There’s more info at http://www.bbc.co.uk/thread/blood-sweat-tshirts/, which is part of a BBC web site I only just found – Thread – devoted to ethical fashion. The phrase ‘ethical fashion’ always seems to me a bit of a contradiction in terms – or maybe just a compromise, depending on how pragmatic you want to be. Wouldn’t truly sustainable dressing require a far more radical shift in attitudes? But since we have to begin where we are – it must surely be a movement (not a trend, I hope…) in the right direction.