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Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion Paperback – August 27, 2013
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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
About the Author
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.
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Ms. Cline thoroughly researched her subject matter, visiting offshore clothing manufacturers while posing as a potential client. That subterfuge allowed her to get an inside look at realities most of the purchasing public knows absolutely nothing about. If you had read this book, for example, you would not have been surprised that Ralph Lauren had the uniforms for our American Olympic team manufactured in China.
What else is manufactured outside of the U.S. for sale here? It's incredible, and it's information that totally changed my outlook on clothes buying. I've gotten back to my sewing machine and have begun to value sewing skills that I had let slide for several years.
Even if sewing is not for you at all, this book will enlighten you about an everyday necessity with a complex back story. Ms. Cline tells that story in fascinating detail and does the buying public a valuable service.