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Introduction Seven Pairs of $7 Shoes 1
1 "I Have Enough Clothing to Open a Store" 11
2 How America Lost Its Shirts 36
3 High and Low Fashion Make Friends 62
4 Fast Fashion 95
5 The Afterlife of Cheap Clothes 119
6 Sewing Is a Good Job, a Great Job 138
7 China and the End of Cheap Fashion 161
8 Make, Alter, and Mend 187
9 The Future of Fashion 207
Posted July 13, 2012
An interesting and eye-opening read; I would definitely reconmend this to anyone who buys clothes. Cline explains exactly where our clothes come from and how they get to us, in addition to where they end up when we're done with them--and the true cost of it all. She also offers up a number of solutions to the problems of fast fashion.
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Posted May 8, 2013
An easy read and informative. There are some typographical/grammatical errors that disrupt the flow; but otherwise interesting & informative. From one who's already environmentally conscious, it was still able to keep my attention and interest throughout. The book is for shoppers, sewers, fashion-conscious and environmentalists, and for those who are none of the above. Read this; and then re-use, and recycle.
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Posted September 26, 2013
This is required reading for anyone interested in fashion or even just marketing trends. Cline addresses some trends that many of us who are 'regular' shoppers have already noticed ... trends like universal usage of cheap polyester and poly/blend fabrics; poorly sewn garments (demise of the French seam, linings); the demise of the American garment/textile worker; and the ubiquitous sourcing of garments in countries like China, Bangladesh, Honduras &c.
Cline examines and traces back the trends and the marketing powerhouses (geometrically powered by the internet). She shows us how her own closet was full of cheap, 'disposable' clothes and shoes that could not last many washings/uses, and how she discovered the shoe-repair shop, sewing machines, and the art of crafting/reusing your own clothes.
Clothing trends are on the rush-rush track of fast food; low-end stores replenish supplies weekly as well as stock new merchandise and new colors just as often. The constant production of cheap polyester oil-based fabrics also has consequences. Do you think that $5 blouse you donated to Goodwill is something they could actually sell?
This is a wonderful examination of an industry that constantly hypes itself and pushes beautiful images into magazines, tv and the web with aplomb. But do we really need a closetful of cheap clothes?
Cline concludes by examining alternative ways of shopping, reusing/restyling what you have, using tailors and shoe-repair businesses, and saving your money to buy wonderful, classic pieces made slowly and carefully using organic fabrics. Once again, it's up to individuals to make sensible changes (as perhaps we've done with our eating habits) and try, one at a time, to turn a wasteful megatrend around.
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