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Author Elizabeth L. Cline speaking at the Camera della Moda International Roundtable on Sustainability. 2018.

Journalist Elizabeth L. Cline is an expert in fashion sustainability and ethics, textile waste, fast fashion and other themes from her landmark book Overdressed. Through tailor-made presentations, she inspires audiences to better understand how fashion impacts the world and how we can each help to change the world through what we wear.

Cline has given more than 60+ speeches since 2012. Clients range from corporate and trade groups to city governments, universities and secondary schools. Audience size has ranged from a single classroom to an 800-person auditorium to corporate events attended by major fashion brand executives.

Just a few of her past clients have included the Italian Fashion Chamber, The Chicago Humanities Festival, Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons, Pratt Brooklyn Fashion  + Design Accelerator, Boston College, American Apparel and Footwear Association and the Kansas City Mid-America Regional Council. For a sample of her work, view her 2016 talk at Chicago Humanities Festival.

If you’re interested in having Cline speak, please contact her directly. She is open to inquiries from anywhere in the world.

Elizabeth Cline at the Ursuline School
Elizabeth Cline, center, at the Ursuline School’s Global Symposium, 2017.


October – Book Party and Slow Fashion Panel for Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More, Brooklyn, NY,
October – University of Calgary, Canada, Fashion: The Ugly Reality
April – Camera della Moda (Italian Fashion Chamber) International Roundtable on Sustainability



Madison Civics Club, WI – September 2017
Kennesaw State University, GA – October 2017
Mabo Clothing, Salt Lake City – May, 2017
StyleLend Earth Day Event, New York, NY – April, 2017
American Apparel and Footwear Association Executive Summit – April, 2017
The Ursuline School, New Rochelle, NY – March, 2017
Parsons The New School – March, 2017
Rye Country Day School, Rye, NY – February, 2017


Albright College Business of Fashion Forum, Reading, PA – November, 2016
The Peace Exchange Fair Trade Fashion Show, Los Angeles, CA – July, 2016
Fashion Institute of Technology Summer Institute – June, 2016
Chicago Humanities Festival – April, 2016
Fashion Institute of Technology Fashion Revolution Day – April, 2016


MARC Solid Waste Management District Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO – December, 2015
Global Fashion Capitals Conference, CUNY, New York, NY – October 2015
Missouri Recycling Association Conference, Kansas City, MO –  September 2015
Rockhurt University Social Justice Week, Kansas City, MO – February 2015
Columbia University Department of Religion – February 2015


Brooklyn Navy Yard Values of Local Fashion Production – September, 2014
Garson & Shaw, Atlanta, GA – May, 2014
Zady x Whole Foods The Future of Conscious Fashion, NY – April, 2014
Fashion Takes Action Expo, Toronto, Canada – February, 2014
The Museum at Fit Fashion Culture’s The High Cost of Cheap Fashion, New York – February, 2014


Boston College, Boston, MA – April, 2013
The Green Shows Ethical Fashion Panel, Javitz Center, NY – April 2013
George Washington University, Washington, D.C. – March 2013
Re-Dress Raleigh Keynote Speaker – March, 2013
Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA – February, 2013


The Future of Fashion: Sustainable Practices in the Age of Fast Fashion, NY – November, 2012

Elizabeth Cline
Elizabeth Cline, center, at the 2017 American Apparel and Footwear Association panel on fast fashion.