The declining price of clothing has fundamentally changed the way most Americans dress. Stores ranging from discounters like Target and fast-fashion chains like H&M to department stores such as JCPenney now offer the newest trends at unprecedentedly low prices. Our closets are overlfowing with garments we barely wear, and clothing has become a disposable good.
Elizabeth Cline set out to uncover the true nature of the cheap-fashion juggernaut, tracing the surprising impacts on the environment, middle-market and independent retailers, and the U.S. economy. She travels undercover to factories in China and Bangladesh, where the pressure to produce every-cheaper trends is causing unprecedented harm. She even describes how high-end designers work in tandem with cheap retailers to keep us shopping.
Overdressed will help you slow down and consider some surprising alternatives, from upcycled vintage to cutting-edge, locally made fashion. It will inspire you to find a path back to being well dressed and feeling good about what you wear.
'Overdressed is the fashion world's answer to consumer-activist bestsellers like Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma . . . Self-deprecating about her own lack of style - she has a thing for fleece-lined sweatshirts - Cline writes with the zeal of a reformed shopaholic.' Businessweek
'Elizabeth L. Cline goes for the jugular straightaway in this exploration of the consumer love affair with cheap clothing . . . . Cline's target is . . . broader than her book's title implies.' Los Angeles Times
'Cline contends that 'disposable clothing' is damaging the environment, the economy, and even our souls, and she presents a dense and sobering skein of data to support her thesis.' The New York Times
"Cline is the Michael Pollan of fashion...Hysterical levels of sartorial consumption are terrible for the environment, for workers, and even, ironically, for the way we look."--Michelle Goldberg, Newsweek/The Daily Beast"How did Americans end up with closets crammed with flimsy, ridiculously cheap garments? Elizabeth Cline travels the world to trace the rise of fast fashion and its cost in human misery, environmental damage, and common sense."--Katha Pollitt, columnist for The Nation"Overdressed is eye-opening and definitely turns retailing on its head. Cline's insightful book reveals the serious problems facing our industry today. The tremendous values and advantages of domestic production are often ignored in favor of a price point that makes clothing disposable." --Erica Wolf, executive director, Save the Garment Center
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 27th August 2013
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1