Document Type

Student Research Paper


Fall 2022

Academic Department


Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. Oya Ozkanca and Dr. Cristina Ciocirlan


The internationalization of garment production is a complex system influenced by consumers, international trade, multinational companies, and many other factors. The purpose of this research is to examine the impact globalization has had on the ready-made garment industry and garment workers worldwide. This paper will examine the working conditions many garment workers in low-income countries experience because of the liberalization of trade, the standardization of the fashion industry, and production and consumer pressure to reduce costs. An examination of the United States garment industry in the early 19th century will be conducted to understand the trends in today's globalized garment industry. Thus, this research will explain how the exploitation of garment workers in many low-income countries has led to the shift and demand for fast-fashion clothing.

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