Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion, Why it Matters, and What We Can Do About It

Social Sciences

Course Description

This course will take place on Zoom.

In the last 25 years, fashion has gone through a more significant change than just the usual cycle of trends. The declining prices of clothing and increased speed of bringing new goods to market have created an untenable situation. This ubiquitous “fast fashion” has wrought havoc on the environment, labour practices, and our individual sense of creativity. Many are now looking at how we can bring fashion back to a human scale, using resources and technology intelligently to produce clothes in a sustainable and ethical manner. In this course, we will get the full measure of what is now a global problem, and a major part of the course will be spent exploring solutions. These include a host of developments, including 3D printing, clean denim processing, smart manufacturing, right-shoring instead of just reshoring, hyperlocalism, fabric recycling, and even lab-grown materials. Let us look at how we can reimagine our love affair with fashion so that it may be sustainable and offer us a brighter future.

Books to Purchase

    • Fashionopolis: Why What We Wear Matters by Dana Thomas

As of September 2021, this course has been postponed to a future term.

Course Details

First Session: Monday 20 September 2021

Course Length: 12 weeks, Mondays, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Discussion Team: Linda Benguigui, Sara Pistolesi, Patricia Sikender

Degree Credit: 0 credits

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (standard tuition)
$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (standard tuition)
$135.00 (promotion for new students)

Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Students pursuing studies for credit are encouraged to consult with their advisers as they register for courses.

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