Elizabeth L. Cline is a New York-based journalist, public speaker and author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, the acclaimed expose on the environmental and social impacts of the global fashion industry. She holds a degree in Political Philosophy from Syracuse University.
Released by Penguin Portfolio in 2012 (paperback in 2013), Overdressed has been hailed by BusinessWeek as “the fashion world’s answer to… The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” declared a “sharp wake-up call” by Publishers Weekly and earned Cline comparisons to the “Michael Pollan of fashion” (Newsweek‘s Michelle Goldberg).
Cline has shared her work on many prestigious radio and television programs, including Fresh Air With Terry Gross, NPR’s On Point and All Things Considers, NBC Nightly News, BBC The World, WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, and The New York Times Video, among many others.
Overdressed, now available internationally in six languages, has helped to galvanize a global ethical fashion movement, inspired countless ethical fashion startups and is included in the curriculum at universities and high schools around the U.S. and Canada. Continued demand for the book resulted in an audio version in late 2016. As of 2018, an Italian edition with an updated preface is planned.
Cline is currently a regular contributor to The Atlantic and The Nation. She is the Director of Research and Reuse at Wearable Collections, New York City’s leading used clothing collections company and the operator of Overdressed the Store, a designer secondhand clothing business on eBay. She is also at work on her first documentary, about textile waste, produced by Film First. She travels year-around to give lectures and presentations on fast fashion, ethical consumerism and fashion activism.
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