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Wardrobe Crisis: Book Talk with Clare Press and Kim Jenkins

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College 65 West 11th Street Room B500, New York, NY 10003

Join us at The New School to celebrate the launch of the U.S. Edition of Clare Press’ book, Wardrobe Crisis.

Schedule of Events:

  • 6:00p-6:30p: Mix and mingle

  • 6:30p-8:00p: Talk by Clare Press in conversation with Kim Jenkins, Part-Time Lecturer at Parsons School of Fashion, with introduction by Michelle DePass, Director of the Tishman Environment and Design Center at the New School

About the Book:

Who makes your clothes? This used to be an easy question to answer: it was the seamstress next door, or the tailor on the high street - or you made them yourself. Today we rarely know the origins of the clothes hanging in our closets. The local shoemaker, dressmaker and milliner are long gone, replaced by a globalised fashion industry worth $1.5 trillion a year.

In Wardrobe Crisis, fashion journalist Clare Press explores the history and ethics behind what we wear. Putting her insider status to good use, Press examines the entire fashion ecosystem, from sweatshops to haute couture, unearthing the roots of today’s buy-and-discard culture. She traces the origins of icons like Chanel, Dior and Hermès; charts the rise and fall of the department store; and follows the thread that led us from Marie Antoinette to Carrie Bradshaw.

From a time when Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein were just two boys from the Bronx, to the world of the global fashion juggernaut, where Zara’s parent company produces more than 900 million garments annually, Press takes us on an insider’s journey of discovery and revelation.

Wardrobe Crisis is a witty and persuasive argument for a fashion revolution that will empower you to feel good about your wardrobe again.

This event is free to attend. This is a featured public event during The New School’s week of Disrupting Climate Injustice.

Sponsored by the Tishman Environment and Design Center and Parsons School of Fashion.

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