Fast Fashion

A Cut from Clothing Poverty with Exclusive New Content

Andrew Brooks

eBook Only


Fast Fashion: A cut from Clothing Poverty marks the two-year anniversary of the disastrous collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh on 24 April 2013.

Featuring a new introduction along with a chapter from the previously published Clothing Poverty: The hidden world of fast fashion and second-hand clothes, Andrew Brooks stitches together the events of the Rana Plaza tragedy with the hidden world of fast fashion, providing a short but enlightening exposé of the global commodity chains which perpetuate poverty.

Author Bio

Andrew Brooks is a lecturer in development geography at King’s College London. His research examines connections between spaces of production and places of consumption, and particularly the geographies of economic and social change in Africa. Fieldwork has taken him to India, Papua New Guinea and across Africa. Research in Africa has included extensive investigations of markets and politics in Malawi and Mozambique as well as Chinese investment in Zambia.


'Clothing Poverty takes us on a fascinating global journey that provides powerful new insights into how fast fashion and charitable donations of second-hand clothes are connected with persistent poverty in Africa and elsewhere. By bringing global systems of clothing provision into clearer view, the book offers valuable resources for vigorous debate over what an alternative world might look like.'
Gillian Hart, author of Rethinking the South African Crisis: Nationalism, Populism, Hegemony

'Andrew Brooks's Clothing Poverty is a lively exploration of the hidden world of fast fashion and second-hand clothing that invites us to think of where our clothes come from. The book reveals a complicated geography of wealth and poverty that make Western consumers complicit in creating a clothing production system that gives people in the global South few chances to escape poverty.'
Karen Tranberg Hansen, Professor Emerita, Northwestern University

'A mind-opening tour of global clothing systems, from recycling flows to radical advocacy. Andrew Brooks has created a book that sparks with intelligence, mapping a world that connects inequalities, Vivienne Westwood, post-consumption and second-hand garments.'
Kate Fletcher, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London

'Clothing Poverty takes the reader on a global journey to expose the inequalities and injustices that exist within the second-hand clothing trade and the manufacturing of garments destined for Western markets. Thought-provoking and insightful, Brooks highlights a long overdue need for "radical advocacy" to improve social justice within the supply chain, and between producers and consumers. A fascinating, must-read text for those interested in the ethics surrounding sustainability in fashion and design.'
Alison Gwilt, author of Fashion Design for Living and A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion

'This engaging and well-written book significantly contributes to our knowledge of the second-hand clothing trade in Africa. It focuses on some of the least explored outcomes of the fast-fashion system we all live in - that is, what we increasingly and quickly cast off.'
Alessandra Mezzadri , SOAS, University of London


Publication Date: 12 February 2015
32 pages

Product ISBNs: eBook ePub: 9781783606863
eBook Kindle: 9781783606870

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