By Michelle Lee
A riveting glance contained in the style international that exposes the reality approximately shopaholics, sweatshops, and megastar closets.
Fashion—from the $1500 Prada bag to the $30 Kate Spade knock-off offered at the sidewalk—has been reworked from a commodity reserved for the elite to a robust presence in mass marketplace tradition. As a society, we're captivated with type and magnificence, racking up bank card debt to aid compulsive purchasing conduct, scouring magazines for the most recent traits 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 frequently disturbing--ways during which it's morphing our tradition, our financial 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 consistently exciting. From endure hides to the Victorian bustle, Lee lines the position of favor throughout the a long time, taking us from the sunrise of ready-to-wear in 1865 to the fashionable development cycles that incite us to clamor after leg heaters, bumster trousers, and Manolo Blahniks. She info the beginning of “Speed Chic”—the hamster wheel of favor that retains us caught in an unending cycle of intake and has develop into the crack-cocaine of favor, supplying us with a brief 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 USA and stripping us—and the designers they knock off--of individuality and innovation. and he or she finally probes the human rate of fashion’s decadence, together with the distorted perceptions of good looks fueled by means of high-end designers, the hazards of dry cleansing, and the grotesque monetary disparity among those that make the garments and people who purchase them.
An remarkable glance at the back of the runway on the forces and personalities using this $200 billion greenback undefined, Fashion Victim is a classy, provocative and hugely unique contribution to the research of yankee pop culture.