Ethical Issues In The Fashion Industry

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The fashion industry is one of the world’s most profitable industries, and with increasing levels of outsourcing, it shows no sign of slowing down. The following text will explore the negative social, economic and environmental effects that the fashion industry has on the rest of the world (particularly in the less developed regions such as the middle east and parts of Asia) with the aim to illustrate that the fashion industry is an unethical one. This will be done by drawing information from the work of Bhardwaj and Fairhurst (2010), Andrew Morgan in his documentary film ‘The True Cost’ (2015), Bergman (2009), Brooks (2015) and lastly, reference will also be made to a small student research study.
With the development of the fashion industry, has come the adoption of the concept of
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Fast fashion is further explored in the work of Bhardwaj and Fairhurst (2010). Bhardwaj and Fairhurst (2010) provide a neutral viewpoint towards the fashion industry, as well as looking into fast fashion from the supplier and consumer perspective. They provide information about the changes that have occurred within the fashion industry in the last twenty-some odd years. Bhardwaj and Fairhurst (2010) point out that in the late 1980’s, retailers used to predict what the fashion trends would be long before they were made public, which allowed them to manufacture the clothing items in advance. This was a phenomenon known as “ready-to-wear” fashion (Bhardwaj & Fairhurst. 2010:165). Ready-to-wear fashion was one of the many practices of the earlier fashion industry. Another example of the past practices of the fashion industry was the production of
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