Fashion Victim: Our Love-Hate Relationship with Dressing, Shopping, and the Cost of Style

Fashion Victim: Our Love-Hate Relationship with Dressing, Shopping, and the Cost of Style

Michelle Lee

A riveting glance contained in the style international that exposes the reality approximately shopaholics, sweatshops, and star closets.

Fashion—from the $1500 Prada bag to the $30 Kate Spade knock-off offered at the sidewalk—has been remodeled from a commodity reserved for the elite to a strong presence in mass marketplace tradition. As a society, we're keen about type and magnificence, racking up bank card debt to help compulsive purchasing behavior, scouring magazines for the newest tendencies to shop for, and focusing extra on who’s donning what on the Oscars than on who’s profitable. In Fashion Victim, award-winning journalist Michelle Lee blows the lid off the style undefined, and spotlights the fascinating—and usually disturbing--ways during which it really is morphing our tradition, our economic system and our values.

Dishing at the lords of the label, together with designers like Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, and Kenneth Cole, Fashion Victim finds an international that's occasionally gruesome, occasionally glitzy, yet continually fascinating. From undergo hides to the Victorian bustle, Lee strains the position of style during the a long time, taking us from the sunrise of ready-to-wear in 1865 to the trendy pattern cycles that incite us to clamor after leg heaters, bumster trousers, and Manolo Blahniks. She info the start of “Speed Chic”—the hamster wheel of fashion that retains us caught in an unending cycle of intake and has turn into the crack-cocaine of style, offering us with a short lived excessive until eventually we spot the subsequent development and achieve for our wallets. She additionally explores the phenomenon of “McFashion,” the uncanny proliferation of shops just like the hole and previous army which are creeping into each city in the US and stripping us—and the designers they knock off--of individuality and innovation. and he or she finally probes the human price of fashion’s decadence, together with the distorted perceptions of good looks fueled through high-end designers, the risks of dry cleansing, and the grotesque monetary disparity among those that make the garments and people who purchase them.

An extraordinary glance at the back of the runway on the forces and personalities riding this $200 billion greenback undefined, Fashion Victim is a classy, provocative and hugely interesting contribution to the research of yank pop culture.

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