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. Best-selling 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.
“Journalist Thomas offers a wide-ranging exposé of the fashion industry...[and] shows us sustainable alternatives for the future. Fascinating reading for anyone who wears clothing.” (Library Journal)
"An educated update on the current state of fashion, how it got there, and a prognostication on its precarious future...Thomas offers informed, fair-minded, passionate, and cautiously optimistic scrutiny of "fast fashion".... Convincing, responsible, and motivational fashion industry reportage." (Kirkus Reviews)
"In this informative volume, fashion journalist Thomas convincingly lays out multiple arguments against fast fashion.... Thoroughly reported and persuasively written, [Thomas's] clarion call for more responsible practices in fashion will speak to both industry professionals and socially conscious consumers." (Publishers Weekly)
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- B Jean
Interesting but limited in scope
The author does a great job of exploring issues in the fashion industry- but unfortunately most of the solutions offered are really only helpful for those shopping in the high end/luxury market. Limits the over all appeal of the book, though I did appreciate learning some more about the fashion industry in general.
- Chelsea Lensing
Everyone who purchases clothes should read this book
Great, informative book. Well researched and compelling. A must read for clothing wearers, designers and clothing wearing humans!