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A fire that killed more than a thousand garment workers has spurred global reforms

By Mark A. Bonta / March 4, 2020 / Comments Off on A fire that killed more than a thousand garment workers has spurred global reforms

Seven years after a factory fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killed over a thousand garment makers, both union organizing and legal reforms are changing the fashion industry and worker safety worldwide.  But substantial challenges remain, including the repression of union organizing in Bangladesh, and a legal battle that may pull the teeth of a French worker-safety […]

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New attitudes, and maybe a new law, are changing cultural appropriation in fashion design

By Mark A. Bonta / November 20, 2019 / Comments Off on New attitudes, and maybe a new law, are changing cultural appropriation in fashion design

What do luxury designers Max Mara, Carolina Herrera, Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton all have in common? They have all been accused of plagiarism — or, more specifically, cultural appropriation of intricate designs that have emerged from indigenous cultures in Mexico, Laos, Thailand, Africa, Romania and elsewhere. Fashion and its discontents Indigenous groups across the […]

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