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‘Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion’ with Tansy E. Hoskins

Tansy Hoskins explores the social, economic and environmental repercussions of the global fashion industry, as told in her recent book published by Pluto Press.

Despite the attempt to keep secret the implications of a US/EU supposed ‘free trade’ agreement called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), public awareness of the deal and how it will take us towards a corporate-run world is growing.

Few of us know the exact details of where our clothes come from. In ‘Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion’, Tansy E. Hoskins poses questions that we as consumers rarely pause to ask: how were our garments made, who manufactured them, and which corporation owners profited from them?

From high fashion designers to high street brands, Hoskins rigorously analyses the mechanics that sustain the fashion industry. By using fashion as ‘a lens to look at capitalism through’, Hopkins unravels the supply chain from start to finish, investigating the roles of factory workers, designers, models, advertisers and consumers along the way.

Weaving together Karl Lagerfield with Karl Marx, Hoskin’s eye-opening critique exposes the misogyny, animal cruelty, racism and classism inherent to the fashion industry and its ‘size zero’ culture. Even ‘green’ and ‘ethical’ clothing lines, Hoskins reveals, are rarely as socially responsible as their advertisers make them out to be.

The first book to examine fashion through an anti-capitalist lens, Hoskin’s study of the social and environmental repercussions of the global fashion industry is compelling and timely.


Tansy E. Hopkins | talks


Date and Time:

18 February 2014 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Housmans Bookshop
5 Caledonian Road
King’s Cross
N1 9DX
020 7837 4473

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