Overdressed: Responsible Shopping in the Age of Cheap Fashion

Overdressed: Responsible Shopping in the Age of Cheap Fashion

Hardback

By (author) Elizabeth Cline

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  • Publisher: PORTFOLIO
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 230mm x 28mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 30 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1591844614
  • ISBN 13: 9781591844617
  • Sales rank: 108,317

Product description

Fast fashion and disposable clothing have become our new norms. We buy ten-dollar shoes from Target that disintegrate within a month and make weekly pilgrimages to Forever 21 and H&M. Elizabeth Cline argues that this rapid cycle of consumption isn't just erasing our sense of style and causing massive harm to the environment and human rights - it's also bad for our souls. Cline documents her own transformation from fast-fashion addict to conscientious shopper. She takes a long look at her overstuffed closet, resoles her cheap imported boots, travels to the world's only living-wage garment factory, and seeks out cutting-edge local and sustainable fashion, all on her journey to find antidotes to out-of-control shopping. Cline looks at the impact here and abroad of America's drastic increase in inexpensive clothing imports, visiting cheap-chic factories in Bangladesh and China and exploring the problems caused by all those castoffs we donate to the Salvation Army. She also shows how consumers can vote with their dollars to grow the sustainable clothing industry, reign in the conventional apparel market, and wear their clothes with pride.

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Author information

Elizabeth Cline has written for AMCtv.com, "The Daily Beast, New York Magazine, Popular Science, The New Republic, The Village Voice, "and seedmagazine.com. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit overdressedthebook.com.

Review quote

"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" "