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Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

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By (author) Elizabeth L Cline

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  • Publisher: PORTFOLIO
  • Format: Paperback | 258 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 22mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 8 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1591846544
  • ISBN 13: 9781591846543
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 45,134

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"Overdressed does for T-shirts and leggings what "Fast Food""Nation "did for burgers and fries." --Katha Pollitt Cheap fashion has fundamentally changed the way most Americans dress. Stores ranging from discounters like Target to traditional chains like JCPenny now offer the newest trends at unprecedentedly low prices. And we have little reason to keep wearing and repairing the clothes we already own when styles change so fast and it's cheaper to just buy more. Cline sets out to uncover the true nature of the cheap fashion juggernaut. What are we doing with all these cheap clothes? And more important, what are they doing to us, our society, our environment, and our economic well-being?

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

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"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" "