Covid-19: The effects on the fashion industry
Covid has affected us all over the past year, creeping up on us like a wave. It brought with it fear, uncertainty, and a whole different way of life. Lives, relationships and jobs have been lost during the pandemic, and the fashion industry certainly hasn't escaped unaffected.
It is estimated that 982 million garment orders were cancelled or suspended in 2020/21 due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19, this equates to £2.69 billion worth of clothing, most of which had already been produced (BGMEA).
This has resulted in almost 50% of workers losing their jobs, from garment workers to cotton farmers, to home workers.
It has also brought to the surface many human rights issues within the industry calling for more transparency right across the production chain.
Due to lockdown restrictions affecting global shopping, many garments have been left piled up in factories, unlikely to finally make the shop floor as they will be 'out of season'. Shopping habits have changed, with people spending less on clothing due to the increase of home working and re-prioritising of their spending. This begs the question, where will all of these items end up?
What do you think the new 'normal' for fashion will be? Do you think Covid-19 may be the push needed to encourage more sustainable fashion practices?
For further information on the impact of Covid-19 on the fashion industry, check out:
Fashion Revolution - The impact of Covid-19 on the people who make our clothes
Coronavirus: Two million Bangladesh jobs 'at risk' as clothes orders dry up
Garment worker rights and the fashion industry's response to Covid-19
Will Covid-19 support the transition to a more sustainable fashion industry?