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Fashion as social business

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Fast fashion has attained the status of an economic success model which earns its profits at the expense of ecological and social systems, and it is among the sectors responsible for disastrous working conditions and below-subsistence-level wages.

How can the textile industry empower its employees, and how can our economies function in a more social way?

Find out how Sina Trinkwalder founded Germany’s social textile business manomama. The business provides training for those that would otherwise have difficulties on the job-market and is known for its horizontal hierarchies as well as its focus on local supply chains and social engagement.

Sina Trinkwalders talk about fashion as social business is presented by RMIT Gallery/Goethe-Institut as part of the provocative new exhibition Fast Fashion: The dark side of fashion (21 July 9 September).

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Sina Trinkwalder studied political science and business at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. She spent a decade as the CEO of her own ad-agency. In 2010 she founded the first social textile business in Germany: manomama, providing work for recently unemployed sewers and seamstresses in order to create eco-social clothing and accessories utilizing a regional supply chain.

Trinkwalder received many awards for her ecological and social commitment, including the German Sustainability Council Social Entrepreneur of Sustainability 2011 and the German Fairness Prize 2015 and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany 2015.

https://youtu.be/YtAF8rCz7d8

Fast Fashion: The dark side of fashion (21 July – 9 September) is presented by RMIT Gallery in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut and RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles, Fast Fashion is curated by Dr. Claudia Banz at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg and supported by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt and Karin Stilke Stiftung.

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