Marina Spadafora is a world renowned italian fashion designer known for her chic and sophisticated collection of knits. Marina has collaborated with fashion houses such a Ferragamo, Prada and Miu Miu. As an established designer in the industry Marina has linked African Designers with European Retailers to give them the opportunity to expand their brand and build a sustainable business relationship with one another.
Today Marina is on a mission as a project leader for the Fashion Development UN program with Italian’s Vogue Director Franca Sozzani to bring awareness to the unfair work conditions in garment factories around the world.
I was given an amazing opportunity to sit down one on one with Marina and discuss her journey and “Fashion with a Mission” project.
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As consumers we forget how the garment made its way to our favorite stores. Marina opened my eyes to this very troublesome issue happening across the world in factories where workers are not being paid fairly and work in harsh conditions. As fashion students we are taught the step by step process of where and how the garment is made, but we forget that along that process not everything is being looked over.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911 was one of the most tragic industrial disasters in the history of New York. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory was know to produce the popular women blouses know as the shirtwaist. On March 25th, 1911 as the women worked long hours, in cramped spaces for a low wages a fire broke out. Unfortunately, the company policy was to lock the doors during work hours therefore made it very difficult to escape the flames. A few workers were fortunate to get out through the elevator before it shut down or to escape on to the roof. There were a great number of casualties and it took this devastating incident for labor laws, fire and safety laws to be implemented.
Today Bangladesh garment workers strike over low wags and better working conditions. This issue is not an issue of the past but of the present, we forget that all though we have laws in the United States and try to regulate the factories across seas there are still workers working in factories with little pay and inhuman conditions.
Marina Spadafora brings awareness to this issue by doing presentations in colleges to educate students and by working with the United Nation.
Due to the fact that the public isn’t aware of this issue there isn’t a way to get involved. Marina is a designer and a professor in Italy. She would love to teach in New York and take her students to see how the garment factories operate across the world.
Thank You Marina for coming to Berkeley College!
“There’s a light at the end of the Runway”- Marina Spadafora