Nepal Disaster: the Fashion Industry Steps Up
It seems every year there’s at least one natural disaster that wipes out towns and kills thousands. On April 25th, tragedy struck Nepal with an earthquake of 7.8 on the richter scale; the death toll currently stands at over 7,000 and counting with more than 15,000 people injured. Spiritual temples and the country’s centuries old buildings were destroyed, crushing the hearts of the highly religious Nepalis. Countries around the world are stepping up to aid Nepal and the surrounding affected countries. UNICEF, Save the Children, European Union, USAID, the World Health Organization, and many more are teaming together to help with the disaster in any way they can. The U.S. already donated $1 million, but have recently committed to giving another $9 million.
The fashion industry has also stepped up, thanks to New York City based Nepali fashion designer Prabal Gurung. Gurung already has a non-profit organization, the Shikshya Foundation, aimed at providing education for underprivileged Nepali children. However, due to recent events, he is using this Foundation as a way to raise money for those affected in the earthquake. After hearing historical rooted art and artifacts were ruined, Gurung decided to aid for the long-term knowing that it will take a long time to rebuild. Another goal of his is to get the fashion industry involved, so he’s reaching out to his connections and spreading the word.
“I thought whom better to understand the importance of art and culture than the fashion community? I would like to see the fashion industry get involved, not just with immediate funding but for the years and years to come,” said Gurung in an interview with Business of Fashion. Donations have already been made by Vogue India’s editor in chief, the CFDA, Diane von Furstenberg Rachel Zoe, Kim Kardashian and many more. Gurung has already surpassed his monetary goal raising over $500,000 so far, and he will continue until he reaches his goal of a revived Nepal.
Fashion is one of the largest industries in the world and those involved can make a huge difference in helping Nepal. Fashionistas are connected and influenced by art everyday, and especially understand the importance of historical relics which is why fashion designers, editors, and organizations are all stepping up to help Prabal Gurung and his fund. As a student in the fashion industry, I want to spread the word on his organization in asking you to help Nepal with a small donation. You can donate on his Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund page and spread the word!
Written by Jessica Manno