Monday, 8 November 2010

Dispatches: Fashion's Dirty Secret

Tonight at 8pm (GMT) Channel 4 is broadcasting an episode of award-winning current affairs documentary series "Dispatches" which investigates the working conditions within UK-based clothing manufacturing companies.

 Logo screengrabbed from C4's website

Entitled "Fashion's Dirty Secret", the programme was filmed secretly over 3 months in several factories and exposes poor treatment and illegally-low wages, promising to unveil the high street brands these companies provide their merchandise to.

The hour-long programme will undoubtedly send shockwaves through the UK fashion industry as it shows us practices more commonly associated with third world countries, right here on our doorsteps.

With fashionistas having to tighten their designer purse-strings due to the worldwide recession, are we being unrealistic to imagine that budget-busting stores like Primark can afford to ethically produce clothing for such low prices? Should we be spending less often but more wisely, splashing the cash on timeless and high-quality pieces we'll wear for years to come (of course it would be better for the environment too)?

I'd love to know what you think.


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BarelyVogue said...

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arash said...

I saw a little bit of it before my GF turned it over. I think you have to think a little bit about where it comes from when you make a purchase. Primark is ridiculously cheap nowadays to the point you scratch your head how they still make a profit from their goods.

With out sounding snobbish I think we should all save money more and invest in higher quality pieces that are at least better quality and will last longer.