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. Her follow-up book, The Conscious Closet: A Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good will be released in 2019 by Plume Publishing, an imprint of Penguin Press.
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 spearheading circular solutions to the 25 billion pounds of textile waste generated annually in the United States. She is also at work on a documentary on waste in the fashion industry, produced by Film First, and is an expert in designer and luxury restoration and resale. She travels year-around to give lectures and presentations on fashion sustainability and ethical consumerism. You may read more about bringing her to your event here.
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. An Italian translation with an updated preface was released in April 2018.
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