Worn out : how our clothes cover up fashion's sins

by Hardy, Alyssa,

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An insider's look at how the rise of "fast fashion" obstructs ethical shopping and fuels the abuse and neglect of garment workers

"With years of expertise in the fashion industry, Alyssa's reporting is consistently deep and thoughtful, and her work on sustainability and ethics has changed how I view the clothes I wear."
--Brittney McNamara, features director at Teen Vogue

Ours is the era of fast fashion: a time of cheap and constantly changing styles for consumers of every stripe, with new clothing hitting the racks every season as social media-fueled tastes shift.

Worn Out examines the underside of our historic clothing binge and the fashion industry's fall from grace. Former InStyle senior news editor and seasoned journalist Alyssa Hardy's riveting work explores the lives of the millions of garment workers--mostly women of color--who toil in the fashion industry around the world--from LA-based sweatshop employees who experience sexual abuse while stitching clothes for H&M, Fashion Nova, and Levi's to "homeworkers" in Indonesia who are unknowingly given carcinogenic materials to work with. Worn Out exposes the complicity of celebrities whose endorsements obscure the exploitation behind marquee brands and also includes interviews with designers such as Mara Hoffman, whose business models are based on ethical production standards.

Like many of us, Hardy believes in the personal, political, and cultural place fashion has in our lives, from seed to sew to closet, and that it is still okay to indulge in its glitz and glamour. But the time has come, she argues, to force real change on an industry that prefers to keep its dark side behind the runway curtain. The perfect book for people who are passionate about clothing and style, Worn Out seeks to engage in a real conversation about who gets harmed by fast fashion--and offers meaningful solutions for change.

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Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Hardy, a fashion editor who has worked at Teen Vogue and InStyle, has documented evolving fashion trends for decades. In this unsettling book, she urges readers to think about where all these trendy outfits come from and where they end up. She exposes filthy, unregulated sweatshops around the world where workers, including children, are forced to work backbreaking shifts (in one painfully ironic example, sewing COVID face masks without any health precautions) and documents the huge mounds of discarded clothing that end up in developing countries, often consigned to molder in warehouses for decades. She includes insightful fashion history along with the disturbing experiences of exploited women garment workers, including sexual harassment, imprisonment, and even death. Hardy isn't afraid to name names, either: brands, retailers, labels, executives, designers, influencers. Skewering empty pledges and PR campaigns that tout sustainability, inclusivity, and diversity, Hardy's writing is engaging; her frustration and urgency, infectious. She ends on a positive note, identifying activists and entrepreneurs who are making a difference. This eye-opening account will almost certainly give fashion consumers pause."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Journalist Hardy debuts with a scorching exposé of how the fashion industry "works to actively cover up and perpetuate climate change and labor injustice." With the rise of "fast fashion," Hardy explains, new styles are marketed to consumers several times a year, while old styles are consigned to landfills. She also documents rampant sexual harassment, low wages, and poor working conditions endured by garment workers, many of whom are immigrants with no power to complain; the environmental costs of toxic dyes and synthetic fabrics; and efforts to address the problems through unionization, consumer education, and activism. One of the book's most intriguing sections uses the case study of Nike's Air Jordan sneakers to analyze how celebrity marketers help companies distract consumers from "nefarious labor practices." Elsewhere, Hardy critiques companies for claiming that their products are organic or "environmentally friendly" when they're only "marginally sustainable," and discusses how subcontracting allows brands hide their dependence on sweatshop labor. Empathetic profiles of factory workers and others negatively impacted by the fashion industry bolster Hardy's call for policy changes to counter the abusive and misleading practices she outlines. This will have readers thinking twice before they make their next purchase. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Clothing trade -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Clothing workers -- Abuse of.
Work environment.
Consumption (Economics)
Social responsibility of business.
Fashion design -- Environmental aspects.
Publisher New York :The New Press,2022
Language English
Description 210 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-210).
ISBN 9781620976944
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