Who is the fashion victim?

This unit introduces students to the concept of globalisation through a case study of the global fashion industry.


By the end of the unit we expect that all students will: be able to give examples of global products; know that some countries are richer than others; understand that big brand names tend to come from MEDCs; realise that their fashion choices can affect people and environments in other parts of the world.

Most students will: be able to define the term ‘globalisation’; be able to use the terms LEDC and MEDC accurately; realise that trade tends to increase the differences in wealth; realise that their fashion choices can have both social and environmental costs at a range of scales; have investigated how trade affects different people in the fashion chain and realised that people are interdependent.

Some learners will have progressed further and will: be able to define the term ‘globalisation’ and give examples of the ways in which globalisation has affected their own life; be able to use the terms LEDC and MEDC and give examples of countries at different stages of development, linking this to working conditions in these places and patterns of trade; realise that their fashion choices have economic, social and environmental consequences at a variety of scales, and begin to examine the alternatives available to them; have investigated how trade affects different people in the fashion chain and understood how the chain links different people’s lives together across space, making them interdependent.

How to help your child

Encourage your child to identify how globalisation affects their daily life.

Look through your wardrobe and identify the places where your clothes were made. You could mark them on a world map. Ask your child whether they think the countries shown on the labels tell the full story about clothing manufacture.

Ask your child to tell you what has happened to the Aral Sea and why this has happened. You could then read this article about the World Bank’s plans to save the Aral Sea and discuss what you think the future holds for the area.

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