Elizabeth L. Cline is a New York-based author, journalist, and expert on consumer culture, fast fashion, sustainability and labor rights.
Cline’s critically acclaimed 2012 expose, Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, first revealed the impacts of fast fashion on the environment, economy, and society to an American audience and is a founding book of the global ethical and sustainable fashion movement. Overdressed is read around the world in seven languages. Cline’s much-anticipated follow-up book, The Conscious Closet: A Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good, is set for release in August of 2019 by Penguin Random House. In it, Cline delves into fresh research on fashion’s impacts and illustrates how we can leverage our everyday fashion choices to transform the apparel industry and change the world for the better.
Cline is one of the world’s leading go-to experts on fast fashion, labor rights and sustainability, and she is regularly interviewed on television and radio by globally recognized news outlets, including Al Jazeera, MSNBC, China Global Television Network, CBC News, The New York Times, and NPR. Please contact her directly to set up an interview. You can peruse some recent interview here.
journalism and other projects
Cline earned her degree in political philosophy from Syracuse University in 2001 and has almost two decades of experience in journalism, covering fashion, technology, labor, women’s rights, and the environment. Her writing has appeared in Vogue Business, Slate, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, AMC.com, SundanceTV.com, The New Republic and The Nation, among others. More recently, she has extensively researched the circular economy, textile waste, and the clothing waste stream in both New York City and Nairobi, Kenya. She runs a successful designer resale business and is the Director of Reuse at Wearable Collections, New York City’s largest privately run used-clothing collection company. Additionally, she serves on the advisory council of Fashion Revolution USA and as the editor-in-chief of The New Fashion Initiative an educational nonprofit dedicate to sustainable fashion.
An avid thrifter, mender and textile-enthusiast, Cline also runs a successful online clothing resale business on eBay and Poshmark. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner, Joseph D. Rowland, of the band Pallbearer.
Cline travels year-around to give lectures and presentations on fast fashion, textile waste, fashion sustainability, labor rights, and ethical consumerism. You may read more about bringing her to your event here.
TEXTILE WASTE / SECONDHAND CLOTHING RESEARCH PROJECT
Cline is an expert in post-consumer textile waste and, since 2012, has conducted extensive research into the global secondhand clothing trade with a focus on New York City and Nairobi, Kenya’s secondhand trades. She’s written about the subject for The Atlantic and the BF+DA blog, and been interviewed about textile waste by CBC’s Marketplace, The Conscious Chatter podcast, and the Magnifeco podcast. She is currently currently researching the clothing waste stream in New York City in partnership with 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.
Who Dumbed Down American Clothes? (Etsy Blog)
The Power of Buying Less By Buying Better (The Atlantic)
Where Does Discarded Clothing Go? [The Atlantic]
What Chirlane McCray Wore—and Why It Matters [The Nation]
Was My Hat Made in a Factory Like Rana Plaza? [Via The Nation]