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Fashion Photos Against Social Injustice (Slideshow)

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Fashion Photos Against Social Injustice (Slideshow)

Style Quotidien, an online fashion magazine, recently released a new photo series focused on the disconnect between wealthy consumers and third world factory workers. The series, “Balance of Power,” was shot by photographer and environmental artist Olivier Rieu, and aims to draw attention to unsustainable consumer demand and the perils of cheap mass production of goods.

The magazine describes:

“There is such a disconnect when we walk into a clean and pretty store to buy the items so artfully displayed in the window. Would we feel as comfortable with our purchases if we had to stare directly into the eyes of the underpaid, hungry and tired workers who made them?”

In order to highlight this incongruity, the photos are shot in the style of a fashion photo shootóbut with the uncomfortable, inhumane history of the clothes’ production present in the background.

Click through to view photos from “Balance of Power.”

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3:48AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

You don't know where your clothes are made. In order for a designer to claim their clothes were made in a fair trade or European country, they just need to have the garment sent to these countries where the garment will be stitched with a couple of stitches and the label can legally read: Made in ____. It hides the real truth of the garment's manufacture as that of being in a place where the workers are underpaid or exploited.

12:21PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

I think it's an interesting idea, but it really didn't seem that powerful image wise to me.

12:21PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

I think it's an interesting idea, but it really didn't seem that powerful image wise to me.

4:16PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

If the people working in sweat shops had better opportunities then they would not be there, of course it is not just but the answer is not buying expensive clothes where the gap between the workers and sellers is even bigger... at this point, without being aware of organised labor by the workers themselves, I have no answer.

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