FASHION TALKS // Book Club with Elizabeth L.Cline OVERDRESSED; The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion
Our August FASHION TALKS // Book Club session welcomes the wonderful Elizabeth L.Cline and her book OVERDRESSED. A fashionista journalist with sustainability at the heart of everything she produces from articles to her book publications it's no wonder she's the go to person for our thrift, repair and recycle alternative shopping needs.
OVERDRESSED was published pre-Rana Plaza tragedy, this gives you insight that the cracks were already within the Fashion Industry. Elizabeth delves into the fast fashion culture & behind the scenes to where the garments began before being tossed aside for the next weekly trend. This publication was then followed up with CONSCIOUS CLOSET where you can then look at re-evaluating your own wardrobe and turning old pieces into new for your personal style.
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 overflowing 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 up-cycled 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.
Elizabeth L. Cline is a New York-based author, journalist, and expert on consumer culture, fast fashion, sustainability and labor rights.
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