Have you ever relished with happiness at a fashion steal? Say maybe a summer frock from H&M for $15 dollars? What a deal, right? I know, I’ve been there. I believe most everyone in this country has marveled at what an unbelievably cheap deal they just got shopping at Forever 21. Though low prices are tempting, it’s time we take a look behind-the-scenes of the production of cheap clothing. In the book, Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, Elizabeth L. Cline shares her own story and thoughts about the industry.
|Elizabeth L. Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion
I am sharing this book with you not only because of it’s content but because of it’s relevance to current events happening overseas. The world was given a wakeup call with the recent tragedy in Bangladesh, where a garment factory collapsed killing at least 1,127 workers. Workers who were making our (cheap) clothing. Excluding the latest deaths, casualties from factory collapses and fires in Bangladesh since 2005 have an approximate figure of 1,800. Attention has now been grabbed by consumers and fashion labels alike, though for perhaps different reasons.
|People gather as rescuers search for survivors at the site of the collapsed garment factory in Bangladesh
As the NBC Nightly News report states (link below), Zara and H&M have agreed to pay for fire and safety renovations in their own facilities also located in Bangladesh. This response may not directly come from concern for their overseas workers, but (I believe) for securing their own brand’s reputation and public relations. It is sad that it took such a disaster to open the eyes of not just these companies but us as consumers.
I am no angel when it comes to a succumbing to a good bargain buy, so I task myself to do the same I will ask of you. Before your next trip to the mall, take a few minutes to educate yourself. Below you will find an interview with Elizabeth L. Cline, author of Overdressed, along with an NBC news report and a link to the author’s website where you can find out more information about your favorite fashion brands. Knowledge is power, even in fashion!