Garment worker rights & fashion’s response to COVID-19

A baby blue medical face mask folded over Pantone colour card, so that it looks like the mask is the latest colour in fashion.

Inequalities across fashion sector highlighted through COVID-19

Peer-reviewed research by: Dr Taylor Brydges and Dr Mary Hanlon

The global fashion and apparel industry is unequal by design, with asymmetrical power dynamics impacting garment worker wages and supports. What impact did COVID-19 have on the global fashion and apparel industry? How did international companies and brands respond to the crisis across their supply chains? In this peer-reviewed commentary, the authors consider how imbalances of power were heightened in the wake of the global pandemic. Here is the abstract: 

In this commentary, we examine the fashion industry’s early responses to COVID-19. Looking across fashion’s global production networks, we argue the fashion industry’s response has been rapid, yet highly inequitable, reflecting—and further entrenching—existing inequalities in the industry.

Click here to read the full open-access article, published in 2020 in the journal Dialogues in Human Geography.

Full Reference //

Brydges, T., & Hanlon, M. (2020). Garment worker rights and the fashion industry’s response to COVID-19. Dialogues in Human Geography, 10(2), 195–198.

This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).

Knowledge Stitch amplifies open-access peer-reviewed academic research. If you have research you would like readers to check out, click here to suggest your work.

Leave a Reply

Scroll to Top