On 24 April during Fashion Revolution Day, State of Fashion invites everyone to donate the clothes they no longer wear during a collection event on the Audrey Hepburnplein in Arnhem. All collected clothes will be part of Melati Suryodarmo’s installation KLEIDUNGSAFFE, part of the State of Fashion Biennale 2024: Ties that Bind. The installation can be visited at Museum Arnhem from 17 May to 30 June.

Melati Suryodarmo’s work Kleidungsaffe, translated as ‘Clothes Ape’, reflects on society’s excessive consumption and the universal human desire to belong. Collected in a tree-like structure are hundreds of locally donated clothes from residents of Arnhem and the local clothing bank 2Switch. The work is a long-term performance first created and performed by Suryodarmo in 2006. In the performance, a person sits for hours on the perch of the tree and hugs the trunk. Her presence represents the social and economic ladder that many migrants feel they have to climb to be accepted by society.

Fashion Revolution Day
April 24 is Fashion Revolution Day. It takes place on the day we commemorate the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in 2013. Fashion Revolution is a global movement in 75 countries, with a collective vision for a fashion industry that conserves and restores the environment and values people over growth and profit. Fashion Revolution Week is the annual campaign that brings together the world’s largest fashion activist movement for seven days of action around the commemoration of the Rana Plaza factory collapse.

Anyone who would like to donate their clothes can do so on Wednesday 24 April between 12:00 and 17:00 at the Audrey Hepburnplein in Arnhem. Especially colourful and washed clothes will be used for the installation at Museum Arnhem.