Shahidha Bari at Literary Review:
Sofi Thanhauser offers a simple but remarkable fact early on in her new book, Worn: today it is more expensive to make your own clothes than to buy them. This is a relatively recent and shocking development in the history of human dress. How did such a situation come to pass?
The answer to that question is globalisation and the devaluation of labour that it has unleashed. For two decades now, academics and journalists have been wrangling with the ecological and human consequences of the fast-fashion machine. See, for instance, Lucy Siegle’s To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World?, Tansy Hoskins’s Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion and Dana Thomas’s Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes, as well as documentary films like The True Cost by Andrew Morgan and The Machinists by Hannan Majid and Richard York.