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Tansy E. Hoskins is a writer, journalist and activist. She writes for the Guardian and Business of Fashion, and has appeared on the BBC, Al Jazeera and Channel 4's Ten O'Clock Live.

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I received Stitched Up as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

I was excited to win Stitched Up because, while I do not work in the fashion industry, I have recently had to work closely with it for a work project. As a self-professed tomboy who dressed for comfort, I was fascinated and often aghast at the prices designer clothing and accessories fetch, the disposable attitude towards these incredible expensive items, so I was interested to hear Hoskins' perspective.

Stitched Up is a Marxist examination of the fashion industry from the 20th century, with an emphasis on recent history. To me, the strongest and most fascinating chapters were the ones on body image and race (and racism) in the fashion world. While they aren't unfamiliar topics of discussion, they did strike a chord with me and were very engagingly written, often forced to conform to particular sizes or stereotypes.

Other chapters felt a little off. Hoskins throws a lot of statistics at you, and it often feels like a barrage, like the point of the chapter is being lost in the numbers. I think Stitched Up is strongest in narrative mode: sometimes the social science aspect seems a little heavy-handed.

That said, it's an enlightening read for the fashion-forward among us, who live for the latest season's collections, as well as those who see the fashion world as frivolous but essentially harmless.
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ceg045 | Feb 19, 2014 |



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½ 3.5

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