These two insightful books, published within a year of one another, shed light on the complex and transnational relationships between China and Italy in the creation of contemporary fashion. They bring multiple perspectives and uncover the detailed circumstances of the production of clothing, which is transformed into the fashion that appears on runways, in magazines, in shops, and on websites for consumers around the world. Together, the two books add depth and nuance to our knowledge and understanding of how fashion is produced and its implications, especially for the individuals and collections of people involved in clothing manufacture

In Tight Knit, anthropologist Elizabeth L. Krause considers the prestige afforded to the Made in Italy label, which is typically associated with national heritage and signified by images of individual local craftspeople. Yet, as she reveals, it is Chinese workers who are sewing the so-called authentic Italian items. Based on long-term...

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