By ethical fashion journalist Clare Press

named as one of the BEST BOOKS OF 2016 by the age and the sydney morning herald...


"wardrobe crisis" by clare press

Who makes your clothes? This used to be an easy question to answer: it was the seamstress next door, or the tailor on the high street - or you made them yourself. Today we rarely know the origins of the clothes hanging in our closets. The local shoemaker, dressmaker and milliner are long gone, replaced by a globalised fashion industry worth $1.5 trillion a year.

In Wardrobe Crisis, fashion journalist Clare Press explores the history and ethics behind what we wear. Putting her insider status to good use, Press examines the entire fashion ecosystem, from sweatshops to haute couture, unearthing the roots of today’s buy-and-discard culture. She traces the origins of icons like Chanel, Dior and Hermès; charts the rise and fall of the department store; and follows the thread that led us from Marie Antoinette to Carrie Bradshaw.

From a time when Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein were just two boys from the Bronx, to the world of the global fashion juggernaut, where Zara’s parent company produces more than 900 million garments annually, Press takes us on an insider’s journey of discovery and revelation.
Wardrobe Crisis is a witty and persuasive argument for a fashion revolution that will empower you to feel good about your wardrobe again.



praise be!


the australian


"A wonderfully engaging read … frankly, it’s a book all fashion lovers should add to their bedside reading list." Glynis Traill-Nash

the age

"Her research is deep and densely detailed ('academic rigor' sprang to mind), but spiked with hundreds of wonderfully off-piste anecdotes, harvested from the annals of fashion and cleverly curated for curiosity and glamour value. A perfect balance of engaging (but true) fluff and formidable fact.” Janice Breen Burns


marie claire

“clare's book raises fascinating questions about conscious consumerism and the positive role fashion can play.” jackie frank


fashion journal

“An eye-opening look at the state of the industry…Study up.”

yen magazine


“wardrobe crisis will persuade you to shop smart and give you the tools to pull if off.”