Fashionopolis : the price of fast fashion - and the future of clothes

by Thomas, Dana, 1964-

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An investigation into the damage wrought by the colossal clothing industry and the grassroots, high-tech, international movement fighting to reform it

What should I wear? It's one of the fundamental questions we ask ourselves every day. More than ever, we are told it should be something new. Today, the clothing industry churns out 80 billion garments a year and employs every sixth person on Earth. Historically, the apparel trade has exploited labor, the environment, and intellectual property--and in the last three decades, with the simultaneous unfurling of fast fashion, globalization, and the tech revolution, those abuses have multiplied exponentially, primarily out of view. We are in dire need of an entirely new human-scale model. Bestselling journalist Dana Thomas has traveled the globe to discover the visionary designers and companies who are propelling the industry toward that more positive future by reclaiming traditional craft and launching cutting-edge sustainable technologies to produce better fashion.

In Fashionopolis, Thomas sees renewal in a host of developments, including printing 3-D clothes, clean denim processing, smart manufacturing, hyperlocalism, fabric recycling--even lab-grown materials. From small-town makers and Silicon Valley whizzes to such household names as Stella McCartney, Levi's, and Rent the Runway, Thomas highlights the companies big and small that are leading the crusade.

We all have been casual about our clothes. It's time to get dressed with intention. Fashionopolis is the first comprehensive look at how to start.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Fast fashion, the inexpensive, essentially disposable clothes found in so many of our wardrobes, has a high cost beyond the meager price tag: nightmarish human-rights abuses, environmental devastation, and the theft of intellectual property as retailers race to translate runway innovations for the masses. Thomas (Deluxe, 2007) efficiently covers these issues to great emotional effect, making the case for the innovations that are covered in the bulk of Fashionopolis. The wide-ranging solutions to the fashion industry's problems range from the hyperlocal, slow fashion movement that is helping to revitalize former mill towns in the South to retrofitted factories that use advanced technology to reduce environmental impact to the future of sewing robots and 3D printed clothes. Particularly interesting are the textile innovations the movement to convert tobacco farms to growing indigo to combat the toxicity of synthetic dyes, and advances in biofabrication, which uses science fiction-level technology to create animal-free leathers and silks. Her deep knowledge of the style side of the industry adds to the appeal of the book, which will find eager readers of both social issues and fashion.--Susan Maguire Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this informative volume, fashion journalist Thomas convincingly lays out multiple arguments against fast fashion (low-cost, mass-produced clothing) and the cycle of rapidly manufacturing, purchasing, and discarding clothes that is sweeping the globe. Thomas points out that American "shoppers snap up five times more clothing now than they did in 1980," that fast fashion also preys on consumers' insecurities, that synthetic dyes and fertilizers have harmful effects on the environment, that southern mill towns emptied when clothing manufacturers sent those jobs overseas, and that outsourcing grievously exploits laborers (as evinced by the devastating collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, where many U.S. companies subcontracted work, which killed more than 1,000 garment workers). In the latter part of the book, Thomas delves into efforts to mitigate these effects through "slow fashion," such as Levi's using domestically produced organic indigo for some of its denim, and small, socially conscious companies bringing their manufacturing operations back to the U.S. Thomas interviews individuals such as Alabama Chanin, who grew up in Florence, Ala., "the Cotton T-shirt Capital of the World," and, upon returning home, has reimagined how clothing can be produced locally in a manner that exploits neither its employees nor the environment. Thoroughly reported and persuasively written, Sexton's clarion call for more responsible practices in fashion will speak to both industry professionals and socially conscious consumers. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Clothing trade -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Clothing trade -- Technological innovations.
Sustainable development.
Publisher New York :Penguin Press,2019
Language English
Description 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-294) and index.
ISBN 9780735224018
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