a global industry
International trade in textiles and garments goes back hundreds of years. The garment industry is now highly globalised and served by complex supply chains linking countries, workers and consumers all over the world.
This section of the website goes into the history of the garment industry and the development of the supply and distribution systems in place today.
- For more detailed information about the global garment industry, see factsheet set 1.
- The Dollar a Day Dress, BCC Panorama's film uncovers how the global garment industry can harm poor countries.
- Read more about how the fashion industry has - and is - changing: Well Dressed: The present and future sustainability of clothing and textiles in the UK.
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