There is a well-known quote by international French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent that goes as, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.”
However, in reality, this is not true in a world where there is a fierce competition among the international fast fashion designers, who bring around 50 fashion collections annually at affordable prices to the consumer.
Until the 1990s, most fashion brands would produce two main collections a year.
The fast fashion clothes may not cost the consumer much, but the cost of their production is very high because of the dangerous working conditions and the misery caused by the huge pressures on these brands to produce clothes at the lowest cost.
Here in Bangladesh, Europe’s second largest clothes exporter after China. More than 4.5 million laborers, half of them are children, including 690,000 child laborers, work for fashon brands in the capital, Dhaka.
Approximately 50% of the clothes produced in Bangladesh is exported to the EU. To produce this huge amount of clothes, workers, including children, must work 90 to 100 hours a week for a monthly salary of up to 8,400 takas, less than $100, which means they work for less than $3 a day.
A garment worker in Bangladesh says, “These clothes were made with our blood.”
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