September 23, 2017

Featured Speaker

Elizabeth Cline

Elizabeth L. Cline is a New York-based journalist and author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, the acclaimed book 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 the mantle of being called the “Michael Pollan of fashion” by Newsweek‘s Michelle Goldberg. Cline has shared her work on Fresh Air With Terry Gross, NBC Nightly News, BBC The World, WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, NPR’s On Point, among countless other television, print and radio outlets. Overdressed, now available internationally in six languages, has helped to galvanize a global ethical fashion movement. The book is on the curriculum at universities and high schools around the U.S. and Canada, including at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

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Public Affairs Speaker

Lesley Sager

Lesley Sager is a professional interior designer who has practiced in Wisconsin for over fifteen years and teaches interior design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In addition to her professional work, Sager founded Merry-Go-Strong, a non-profit that works in conjunction with other organizations to expand the making and selling of crafts by the women of Gatunga, Kenya to provide scholarships for girls in their community to attend school, to fund literacy programs, and other community development projects.


Thanks to the Madison Public Library for compiling this list of resources for those who would like to read more on this topic. 

Agins, Teri. The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever. New York: Quill, 2000.

Barthes, Roland. The Language of Fashion. Trans. Andy Stafford. Oxford: Berg, 2006.

Brown, Susan. Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style: A World History of Politics and Dress. Paris: Flammarion, 2012.

Cline, Elizabeth L. Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion. New York: Portfolio/Penguin, 2012.

Gaulme, Dominique and Francois. Power and Style: A World History of Politics and Dress. Paris: Flammarion, 2012.

Joselit, Jenna Weissman. A Perfect Fit: Clothes, Character, and the Promise of America. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2001.

The True Cost. Andrew Morgan, filmmaker, Untold Creative, 2015. (film)

Thomas, Dana. Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster. New York: Penguin, 2007.

Timmerman, Kelsey. Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2009.

Valentino: The Last Emperor. Matt Kapp and Matt Tyrnauer, filmmakers. Phase 4 Films, 2009 (film)

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