The Black Book of the Fashion Industry - Design, Manufacturing and Manipulation
Original title: Le Livre noir de la mode – Création, production, manipulation
The first thorough international panorama of the second-most polluting industry in the world – fashion – and its effects on us, on our environment and on our health.
The world of fashion is both inspiring and fascinating. Some consider getting dressed a necessity, others consider it a veritable art form and use it as a form of self-expression. Yet, the fashion industry has become representative of capitalism of seduction and globalisation gone wrong.
In a complex system of exploitation and oppression, it relies upon various forms of modern slavery. Behind the poetry of patterns and shapes hide bodies moulded by scalpels and Photoshop, child labour, discrimination, abuse and harassment from factory heads, low salaries, dangerous working conditions and dangerous consumer products, not to mention harm to the environment.
This book tells the story of the fight to control our bodies, from design to manufacturing, and analyses the manipulative marketing practices constantly pushing us to buy, buy, buy, at all costs. It is the story of an industry that is running out of steam and killing us. The Black Book of the Fashion Industry is above all a call to leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers, designers and citizens of the world to save this industry by putting humanity back at its heart.