The average American buys 64 items of clothing a year, more than one item per week. But when boots and sweaters become as disposable and regularly circulated as the fashion magazines that tell us what to buy, it takes a real toll on the environment, the economy, and, ultimately, our sense of self-worth. Journalist and self-proclaimed “average” dresser Elizabeth Cline outlines it all in her new book, Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion (Portfolio Hardcover). She pins trend-churning fast-fashion retailers such as Forever 21, H&M, and Target as the culprits behind this quantity-over-quality epidemic — and insatiable, rabid American gluttony, of course. Tonight, she’ll join FIT assistant dean Sass Brown to talk about her travels to Chinese sweatshops and more.
Thu., March 27, 6 p.m., 2014
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