Installation artist Yolanda Dominguez made a bold statement in Madrid, Spain with her latest creation. Outside of one of the busiest shopping districts in Spain, Three models lay on the sidewalk dressed in what appears to be very stylish clothes, but they are covered in rubble. People walk by. At first, some just glance and pass, but then people start stopping and taking pictures. Some are looking as though they are not sure what to do. According to Yolanda, the point of the installation is to “give visibility to the real “fashion victims”: workers enslaved, the child exploitation and the millions of adversely affected by the pollution produced by the factories in the country of production.” The video makes a powerful statement. It makes you question what the “real cost” of shopping at fast fashion stores such as Zara, H&M and Gap really is. I have several items of clothing from fast fashion retailers, but I do question why they don’t more closely monitor the working conditions of their overseas factories. Hopefully, the recent factory collapse in Bangladesh, will get these retailers motivated to make the lives of those who make our clothes much, much better. Watch Yolanda Domínguez’s Fashion Victims video below.
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