The Los Angeles fashion district : an industry of extremes : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)

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Garrels, Allison G.
Leahy, Amy J.
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Thesis (B.?)
Honors College
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The Los Angeles fashion industry has been a driving force in the way America dresses for nearly a century. L.A. has contributed to the nation's fashion movements not only through its lifestyle trendsetting, but also through being one of the United State's top apparel manufacturing centers. While on the surface California boasts affluence and glamour, its less obvious, but equally important, manufacturing industry runs rampant with immigrant workers exploitation. Can a dual-natured industry gain the respect and recognition it takes to be considered an international fashion capital? In order to reach some conclusions, I provide a look at the past and present state of the L.A. fashion district and then discuss what the industry must do in order to reach the status of international fashion capital.