Photo by Matt Roth Friday, February 3, 2012 Author portrait of Elizabeth Cline for her book “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion”
Photo by Matt Roth

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 socio-economic impacts of fast fashion. 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 wakeup 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 media outlets, including Fresh Air With Terry Gross, NPR’s On Point, NBC Nightly News, BBC The World, WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, and The New York Times Video.

Overdressed, now available internationally in six languages, is a cornerstone book that has helped to galvanize a global ethical fashion movement. It has inspired countless ethical fashion startups and been included in the curriculum at dozens of universities and high schools around the U.S. and Canada, including at the University of Georgia, Wake Forest University, and The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

As of 2017, Cline is currently a regular contributor to The Atlantic and The Nation, in addition to running her own designer resale business via eBay. She is also at work on a documentary about textile waste.


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