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.

Blood, Sweat and T-shirts

8 thoughts on “Blood, Sweat and T-shirts

  • April 21, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    that’s my topic as i volunteer for Intermon-Oxfam.

    But, boo hoo hoo only in the uk.:(
    Hopefully it’llbe shifted to international one of these days.
    Thanks anyway for the lead. i’ll be on the lookout

    neki desu

  • April 21, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks for the reminder. I had seen this advertised but I’d forgotten all about it.

  • April 21, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Thats a reality TV show I might actually watch…we may get it in Aust….eventually! I agree with your comment on ethical fashion. Im not sure if owning a dozen expensive organic cotton/hemp tshirts, and bamboo undies really counts for much if others have nothing…

  • April 23, 2008 at 6:57 am

    That sounds like a good programme. I don’t have a telly, but I’ll try to watch it on BBCi.

  • April 23, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Sounds good, I will have to try to catch it.

  • April 24, 2008 at 8:10 am

    I saw an interview with two of the girls on the BBC news with clips pf their time in India – makes for interesting viewing, but sadly I don’t think the reality show will be telecast in India, we just get BBC World News whihc I’m addicted to.

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