The book that has changed the way thousands of people around the world think about their clothes, helped to set in motion a revolution of sustainable and ethical practices in the global fashion industry, and established ELIZABETH L. CLINE as a leading thinker on the issues of fast-fashion and the globalization of the apparel industry. In OVERDRESSED: THE SHOCKINGLY HIGH COST OF CHEAP FASHION, Cline set out to uncover the true nature of the global fashion juggernaut, tracing the rise of fast fashion retailers and discounters, and the roots of our obsession with deals and steals. She travels to factories in China, follows the fashion industry as it chases even lower costs into Bangladesh, and looks at the impact (both here and abroad) of America’s drastic increase in imports. She even explores how cheap fashion harms the charity thrift shops and textile recyclers where our masses of clothing castoffs end up. All in an attempt to answer: What are we doing with all these clothes we’re buying–68 items a year? And more important, what are they doing to us, our society, our environment, and our economic well-being.
“Overdressed does for T-shirts and leggings what Fast Food Nation did for burgers and fries.”—Katha Pollitt, The Nation
“Overdressed is the fashion world’s answer to consumer-activist bestsellers like Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma…Cline writes with the zeal of a reformed shopaholic.” —Businessweek
“Elizabeth L. Cline goes for the jugular straight away in this exploration of the consumer love affair with cheap clothing.” — Los Angeles Times
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