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Spotlight on ethical fashion


Final year BA (Hons) theatre and performance student, Leah Earnshaw, used her final year project to highlight the plight of low paid workers in the fashion industry.

Leah Earnshaw unpicking jeans

Leah meticulously unpicked jeans for four days in a durational performance to highlight so-called sweatshop workers in Bangladesh.

She said: “It’s a very gruelling task but I’m trying to raise awareness so people understand more about ethical fashion. I want to encourage people to think about where they get their clothes from.”

Leah chose denim to unpick and focused on the plight of factory workers in Bangladesh.

“The minimum wage for these workers works out at £42 per month – well below a comfortable living wage.”

Leah’s performance was part of Beyond, Leeds Beckett’s creative arts festival.

Upcoming events as part of Beyond include a fashion show featuring student collections taking inspiration from art, literature, popular culture, politics and sustainability at the Royal Armouries on 28 May and the end of year art and design show at Broadcasting Place, Leeds Beckett University, between 14 and 21 June.

The university is a hub for creative talent in the city and is investing £80m in a new creative arts building in the city centre. The state-of-the-art building will be home to the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts and is set to open in September 2020.

Events run until the end of June – for the full programme visit www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/beyond

An academic conference, Knowing the Score, which explores the relationship between music and sport, is also being held as part of the festival.

 

Picture credits: Ciara Clayton/@ciaraclayton_photography


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