"My Fair Lady - Making Fashion Fair"

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TRACKBACK: Hong Kong, China. 13-16 Dec 2005

Summer Rayne will be the lead model and spokesperson for the Fair Trade Symposium in Hong Kong. During the press conference (Dec
13), Oakes will speak of the benefits of creative business models that utilize fair trade to help economically-disadvantaged nations; she will also speak of the relevance of having the Fair Trade Symposium in conjunction with the WTO Ministerial talks. The following day, model Oakes will walk the runway for the Fair Trade Fashion Show sponsored by People Tree. People Tree is a fair trade ecology fashion label headquartered in Japan and London. The label, founded by social entrepreneur Safia Minney, works with 70 cooperatives spanning 20 countries and has won staunch support from a number of wearers. READ MORE HERE.

"Human rights at work, environment, and human health, particularly in developing or least developed countries have been overshadowed by global trade rules in the past," comments Oakes. "The purpose of the Fair Trade Symposium and People Tree’s fashion show is to demonstrate that by providing fair wage and fair prices, families and their communities are given opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise be made available."

"Summer Rayne has been and continues to be a leader for fair trade in fashion. Her involvement in the fair trade fashion show in Hong Kong is very important. It helps demonstrate to trade leaders the broad support for the fair trade movement from countries around the world and from all segments of the fashion industry."

Images: Top - with Patricia Jurewicz, organizer of the Fair Trade Expo and with IATP and Denis Alfredo Cruz, President of Cosagual, one of the producer groups. Wardrobe Watch: organic cotton tee by Linda Loudermilk and organic cotton track shirt by Deity Aton; bracelets by A.D. SCHWARZ. Left - at the press conference. Wardrobe Watch: Organic wool jacket by Delano Collection. Right - Dancing with all the producer groups at the expo. Wardrobe Watch: Vintage cloche cap; sustainably-harvested, fair trade bracelets by A.D. SCHWARZ; recycled, handmade two-piece suit by Sarah; organic cotton bag by Linda Loudermilk.

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