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This week’s Sew & Tell is possibly one of the most important we will ever feature. I’m joined today by Bangladeshi photojournalist Ismail Ferdous, who documented the Rana Plaza factory collapse on the day it happened: April 24, 2013. Ismail’s images make it impossible to ignore the human suffering and heartbreak that resulted from that tragedy, and show intimate, tangible images of grief and devastation. Fellow photographer and filmmaker Nathan Fitch met Ismail at a workshop, and, moved by his images, the two began a collaboration that would ultimately lead to the creation of their Cost of Fashion initiative. On today’s show, Ismail generously shares his memories from being at Rana Plaza on the day of the collapse and some of the stories he’s heard from survivors, and Ismail and Nathan talk about the inherently problematic fast fashion system, and the ways in which they hope to raise awareness through Cost of Fashion. And as always, I’ve got some new music in the mix today including tracks from Southern Florida’s Helado Negro, Australian pop quintet The Trouble with Templeton, a single off the upcoming June release from The Antlers, and more. Please join us today on BreakThru Radio as we learn more about the single deadliest garment industry disaster in history, and some small and not-so-small ways in which we can help effect some urgently-needed change.
This week on Sew & Tell, as the station looks at questions and concepts of identity, we’ll take a look at unisex fashion. I’m joined by designer Rad Hourani, whose unisex line is admired worldwide for its minimalistic, sculpted aesthetic. A particular favorite of Lady Gaga, Rad’s collections are built to be seasonless, timeless, and gender-less, offering unrestricted freedom of expression to the world of fashion. On today’s show, Rad talks about his passion for math, art, and symmetry in design, his interpretation of unisex style, the differences in his process for designing haute couture vs. ready-to-wear pieces, some of his upcoming projects, and more. Plus, a playlist full of brand new music, including sneak previews of upcoming releases from The Antlers, Broken Twin, Pink Mountaintops, and more. So join us as we explore the ways in which fashion informs identity, here on BTR!

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