25/05/2016
Clare Press has done her research.

Words by

Giulia Brugliera

In today’s news that should come as no surprise to anyone: the state of the fashion industry is shite. Just how shite however, is unclear. At least to most. But Clare Press has done her research.

Her book Wardrobe Crisis is a fact-heavy, eye-opening look at the state of the industry today. Starting at the 1800s, Clare walks the reader through the steady historical decline of the fashion industry to the arguably hapless state in which we find it today.

She exposes the lack of accountability and clarity in manufacturing; identifies the flow on effects to retail; and questions why companies rarely care to enforce ethics (hint: it’s because consumers don’t care).

There’s so much info that if this were a uni textbook, it would be covered in yellow highlighter (and probably $200 more expensive).

Study up.

penguin.com/wardrobecrisis

This review was originally published in Fashion Journal issue 157. You can read the full issue here.

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