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To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World?

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An expose of the fashion industry written by the Observer's 'Ethical Living' columnist, portraying current practice as inhumane and environmentally devastating. Siegle believes that, in spite of current problems, it is possible to be an 'ethical fashionista', and she sets out her ideas on how such a situation could be achieved."
Paperback, 339 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Fourth Estate (GB) (first published May 5th 2008)
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Dierregi
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time “fashion” was only for the upper class. Clothes were custom-made to fit the bodies of rich patrons, who could pay for top quality fabric and workmanship. Fashionable patters filtered down slowly, so that the lower class could copy them and produce their own clothes with lesser materials. Dressmaking was slow and expensive, both for the rich and the poor. For this reason quality was important. Clothes and accessories were made to cherish and to last.

When mass-production arrived,
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Amy
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ahh, I finally got hold of this book. It's hard to find; neither my library nor Amazon carries it. I ordered it through Powell's (shipped from the UK). I wouldn't be surprised if this book's publication was actively suppressed in the U.S. This book is for you if you want to know:
--How a $20 dress at H&M got to be that cheap
--Why we're buying more clothing, not less, now that it's cheaper than ever
--If there are other factories like Rana Plaza in Bangladesh (YES. And many garment industry mog
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Marie Z. Johansen
When I read "Overdressed" by Elizabeth Cline I was motivated to start make my own shirts again and I looked for more books about the true cost of what has, aptly, been called the "fast fashion" industry. I have never been an "on trend" shopper or clothing wearer. My tastes have always been a bit more prosaic and conservative and I have always preferred clothes that will be used for years rather than months.

Learning about how and why the cost of clothes have plummeted has been areal eye-opener to
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Rachel
We know the horror story behind our clothes, and yet we shrug - perhaps guiltily, but still - and carry on, myself very much included. The practices of modern fashion are obscene, as is our endorsement of them, as is the fact that this is all the accepted norm.

It truly boggles the mind when you take a long, hard look at the ins and outs of the whole horror show through a book such as this one. Yet ’To Die For’ manages not just to be readable, but a masterclass of balance: Siegle is both friendly
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Heather
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was a really fantastic book. I recommend it to anyone who wears clothes. Seriously, everyone should read it. While it is unfortunately very UK-centric in terms of the stores and brands referenced, enough of the information and concepts apply in North America that it doesn't matter. And I learned that they have a different word for tank tops in the UK and clothes aren't hung from racks in the stores, they're hung from rails and I always appreciate learning something new when I read! But ...more
Jill
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
The blurb on the back of the book states that it “peels back the layers of the global wardrobe to reveal the naked truth about the big name ‘it’ brands we swear by and the cheap clothes we can’t live without”.

I don’t know about you, but the blurb on the backs of books, combined with the front cover, are the two determining factors that make me want to open and read page one, or close it and move on.

That back blurb made me want to read on. Immediately. And I’m glad that I did. Because of the rese
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Charlène Bennevault
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sustainability
"We all have a part to play, and if you engage with life, you will get a new set of values, get off the consumer treadmill and start to think, and it is this great thinkers who will rescue the planet."
- Vivienne Westwood

Everything you want to know about the unsustainability of the Fashion Industry is in this book - offering a comprehensive explanation, really useful even though sometimes it was quite a tough piece to read. This is to the books what The True Cost is to the Documentaries about fas
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Claire
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well researched insight into the fast fashion industry and it's hidden cost.
An inspiring read.
Siegle has more passion for environmental issues than I (being more concerned about the people involved in the process personally). There was the odd time as I read that I started to wonder what exactly the author thought we could do (as there was so much about what isn't helpful or isn't enough), and as you might expect the author writes from a rather privileged position which can occasionally blind
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Amanda Red
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for anyone in the developed world. Clothing is ubiquitous. We often forget, or are happily ignorant about, the origins and production of clothing and fashion accessories. I look forward to becoming a more mindful consumer after having read this book.
Shona
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Analyses clothing from lots of angles, giving a good overview of both environmental and social/human costs of fashion. Also provides lots of solutions and steps that both companies and consumers can take reduce the harm in the cycle.
Rachel Beaver
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thought provoking, wardrobe shaming, research driving, habit changing.
Olivia
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really interesting and well researched book. Perfect for anyone who enjoyed Stacey Dooley's documentary and wants to dig a little deeper. Has given me food for thought in many areas.
Satkar Ulama
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it
This is one of the most interesting fashion books I have read. Interesting because it exposes fashion industry from another side, revealing the unseen, the unethical, and what major fashion firms have hidden from consumers. The first chapters discuss about unethical conducts fashion companies do, from raw material exploitation and labor enslavement for the sake of extreme profit maximization. This somehow reminds me of Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, ex ...more
Boiling
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.2/5

I read this book because I liked 'Overdressed' and was looking for similar books. I found it quite interesting and informative especially the breakdown on different materials and their environmental and ethical impact.

On one hand, I am glad that clothing has become democratized and accessible for all but on the other hand, I am appalled at the rate of our consumption. When I walk in malls in south east Asia, everybody seems to be shopping every day and fast fashion stores like H&M, Uniq
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Angela Wilson
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book made me really aware of the human and environmental cost of fast fashion. I don't tend to buy that many clothes but when I do I never think of the fabric, or its dye, or how the sequins or embroidery were placed on it, or who made it, and if they get fairly and humanely treated and paid.

Ethical clothes shopping is confusing. I have dabbled with it in the past but always gave up and went back to the high street It is hard to know where to shop for ethical fashion and it's even difficul
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Elizabeth
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A reformed fast fashion lover shows how the fashion industry is not sustainable or ethical.Through data from UN reports and life risking interviews with sweat shop workers and activists, Siegle reveals the gross violations of human rights that is the foundation of the world's most popular clothing retailers. She also gives a vivid account on the environmental degredation caused by the processing of man made and natural fabrics effect. The best part is she offers solutions; ethical retailers to b ...more
Claudia
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as part of my Fashion degree, and despite reading certain tragedies in the newspaper which the fashion industry causes, this book really hit home and opened my eyes to the hideous 'fast fashion' game. This isn't a sweet novel, nor is it just another fashion coffee table book. This book will change the way you shop and how you view the 'glamorous' world of fashion. I also blame this book for my dropping out of my fashion degree!
Belinda
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book was well worth the $5 I splashed out at a clearance bookshop - I got more than what I paid for: a completely new perspective on alllllll areas of producing clothes, and the environmental resources, animals, and exploitations of labourers that goes with it. I recommend this to everyone.
Teresa
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Interesting look at the fashion industry. Goes into how our disposable cheap clothing affects people's lives and the environment. Also gives some good suggestions on making alternative, better choices.
ah li
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
fashionable educational, aware and a punch-in-the-face read.
Leah
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Honestly changed my outlook on the fashion industry. I still get a guilty feeling buying clothes that aren't made from organic materials or produced by large fashion houses.
Anita Roberts
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Great read, but I don't know how I'll ever buy clothes again. It will definitely take a lot more thought.
Selina
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
eye opening!
Gervy
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really challenging to my head-in-the-sand approach to where my clothes come from. Serious food for thought and very well-written.
Viv JM
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly researched & well-written guide to the nasty side of fashion. Pretty shocking at times.
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Lucy Siegle is a British journalist and writer on environmental issues. She is a reporter on The One Show. Siegle offers a unique and beguiling perspective on environmental issues and ethical consumerism.