ELLen downes – country coordinator vietnam
ROLE: COUNTRY COORDINATOR
Fashion Revolution Vietnam
Ellen coordinated the Fashion Revolution global movement in Vietnam 2018-2020. She managed a team of 25 in Hanoi and mentored 5 student ambassadors. In 2019 she co-curated and designed an exhibition funded by The British Council at The Vietnamese Women’s Museum with artist Ellie Shipman. Ellen also programmed and curated a festival of countrywide events for Fashion Revolution Week 2019.
Ellen created national and global partnerships with ELLE Vietnam, The British Council, The Vietnamese Women’s Museum, Fair Wear Foundation, TedX and others. She created educational schemes to promote sustainable fashion in schools and universities including London College of Design & Fashion and United Nations International School.
Ellen’s has been widely covered in Vietnamese media, with over 7 national TV channels and 17 articles reporting on the opening night of the Who Made My Clothes? exhibition. Ellen was featured as a leading change-maker in ELLE Vietnam’s 2019 Green Issue. She appointed Brand Ambassadors Vu Thao, founder of Kilomet109 and Laura and Diego Cortizas, founders of Chula Fashion House.
Country Coordinator Ellen Downes with artist Ellie Shipman in Vietnam
‘Who Made My Clothers’ Fashion Revolution Exhibition – Hanoi
Fashion Revolution is a not-for-profit global movement with teams in over 100 countries around the world.
Fashion Revolution campaigns for systemic reform of the fashion industry with a focus on the need for greater transparency in the fashion supply chain.
Fashion Revolution has designated the anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh as Fashion Revolution Day.
In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 millions of people around the world called on brands to answer the question Who Made My Clothes? The hashtag #whomademyclothes became the no.1 global trend on Twitter
“Ellen is a bold, innovative and incredibly conscientious individual. Her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for sharing her values shine through all she does. Ellen brings people together with generous support and encouragement, and manages diverse projects and teams with calmness and flair in equal measure. Ellen invited me to become part of the Fashion Revolution exhibition in Hanoi in April 2019 as the artist and designer and she was a joy to work with, so much so that we are now touring the exhibition to Ho Chi Minh City later this year! Ellen brings out the best in everyone around her, whilst trusting and enabling them to put their own skills to best use. She is thoughtful and kind and makes her teams and staff feel appreciated and valued. Ellen would be a great asset to any project or company.”
Ellie Shipman, Artist
“I have worked very closely with Ms. Ellen to conduct her exhibition for Fashion Revolution Week as a partner through The Vietnamese Women’s Museum. She brought a high level of professionalism and innovative ideas and vision. Ellen is organised, efficient, extremely competent, and has an excellent rapport with people of all ages and with our whole team and press partners. Her communication skills, both written and verbal, are excellent.”
Nhung Le, Communication and International Cooperation, The Vietnamese Women’s Museum.