Fashion in spotlight in Blackburn and Bradford

Published: 27 September 2023
Reporter: David Upton

Fast, Fast, Slow Credit: Karol Wyszynski

Fast, Fast, Slow explores fashion, fast fashion and waste, and is conceived with community members in East Lancashire.

It’s an area built on a now almost defunct textile industry where an online fast fashion distributor is now one of the major employers.

With a catwalk as its centrepiece, Fast, Fast, Slow showcases six co-creators from communities in Blackburn and Burnley and collaborators from The Revival in Accra, Ghana, a sustainable design and campaigning organisation.

It’s presented on a full-scale catwalk constructed from used clothing bales in Blackburn Cotton Exchange, itself completed in 1865 to sell cotton grown and picked by enslaved labour from Africa in the plantations of the American South.

The catwalk springs to life in a multimedia performance which features video art, cinematic lighting, choreography and an electronic score.

It’s at Blackburn Cotton Exchange October 26–29 and Bradford College as part of BD is Lit Festival November 3–4.

Running time: one hour (no interval). Suitable ages 12+

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