Fashion Victim: Our Love-hate Relationship with Dressing, Shopping, and the Cost of Style
Annotation Fashion -- from the $1500 Prada bag to the $30 Kate Spade knock-off sold on the sidewalk -- has been transformed from a commodity reserved for the elite to a powerful presence in mass market culture and economy. As a society, we are obsessed with fashion and style, racking up credit card debt to support compulsive shopping habits, scouring the magazines for the latest trends to buy, focusing more on who's wearing what at the Oscars than on who's winning."Fashion Victim" explores our obsession with fashion and style and the consequences of turning our lives over to the god of shopping. Written by an award-winning women's fashion magazine writer, this book illustrates how fashion has been woven into the fabric of our society and uncovers in rich detail the seamier, hidden side of the rag trade and how it interplays with the glossy public face of the designer's showcases. With great stories about designers and how they're licensing themselves, celebrities and models, ruthless retailing, ruthless customers, fashion and body image, shopaholics, and the shady/mob-related dealings of the New York City garment trade industry, the book's ch.