Resources which will make you think differently about the fashion industry

Resources which will make you think differently about the fashion industry

Do you know what I mean when I say ‘cognitive dissonance’? It’s something I meet with regularly when on one hand I’d love to go and buy something from a fast fashion retailer from the latest micro trend (I’m like a magpie for fashion some times), then on the other hand I have all this power, all this knowledge about what happens on the lower chains of the fashion industry.

It’s something I’ve spoken about a few times in various blog posts, like ‘Make do and mend‘, ‘10×10 challenge‘ and my master’s degree project entitled ‘Is it possible for consumers to shop guilt free, and if so, at what cost?‘.

I thought I’d write an updated list of resources (which I first published on my post ‘Fashion in Retrospect‘) on this page so you can discover more for yourselves. It’s all about self education and self perception. I don’t say any of what I do to make people feel guilty or bad for their purchase decisions, you do you boo. I say it with an open heart and an open mind so that we can all learn and grow together. I may even turn this into a resources page on my blog and include my fave ethical brands? What do you think?

I really feel that us, as the consumer, WE have the power to dictate to fashion brands what we want, how we want it produced and how we want the people who make our clothes to be treated. The factory workers who make our clothes should be treated fairly, with a good living wage, healthy and sanitary working conditions and with the respect and dignity that they deserve. Those are basic human rights.

Films and documentaries:

The True Cost

River Blue

Sweatshop – Deadly Fashion (Norwegian TV show)

The next black



Alex James: Slowing Down Fast Fashion

Living wage now!

Traceable (can be viewed on Amazon)

The Machinists

Dying to clothe you (currently in production, crowdfunding project so go and donate!)

UDITA (Arise)



Slave to Fashion

Slow Fashion

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

Cradle to cradle: Re-making the way we make things

The Future of Fashion: Understanding sustainability in the fashion industry

Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion

Clothing Poverty: The Hidden World of Fast Fashion and Second-Hand Clothes

To Die For?: Is fashion wearing out the world?

We Are What We Wear: Unravelling fast fashion and the collapse of Rana Plaza (Guardian Shorts Book 13)

Fashion Ethics

Websites and interesting reads:

Fashion Revolution

Ethical consumer

Clean Clothes Campaign

Make fashion circular (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)

Fashion must fight the scourge of dumped clothing clogging landfills

The eco guide to new mindful activism

Shop less, mend more: making more sustainable fashion choices

Sustainable style: will Gen Z help the fashion industry clean up its act?

Victoria & Albert museum (always have great displays about fashion, ethical and eco fashion)

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