Dec 14, 2021
Andrew Morgan is an
internationally recognized filmmaker, and the director of
The True Cost, a documentary about the global impact of the
fashion industry. First released in 2015, the film took Andrew and
his team on a journey around the world, from documenting brand-name
factories in Bangladesh, characterized by disgraceful working
conditions and human rights violations, to the elite catwalks of
Paris Fashion Week.
This episode continues our
series on The Impact of Fashion, where we explore the social, environmental,
and economic challenges facing the fashion industry with our
partners at Dhana.
In this conversation with
Andrew, we discuss his love of filmmaking and storytelling, how he
first decided to pursue this documentary without any prior interest
in fashion, and how his understanding of the world has shifted in
the years since it was first released. We delve into the systemic
changes necessary to influence the future of fashion to be more
equitable, sustainable, and humane, and unpack how to remain
hopeful when change doesn’t happen fast enough.
Andrew also shares how he
continues to stay informed of the fashion world, how his work has
influenced the way he parents and why he wants to remind listeners
of the unseen impact of their lives. Tune in for an honest and
thought-provoking conversation on the impact of the fashion
industry and the challenge of optimism.
🗣 TOPICS DISCUSSED:
- Welcome *back* to our Impact of
- Introducing today’s guest,
Andrew Morgan, the director of The True Cost.
- Andrew shares what originally
drew him to storytelling and filmmaking as a medium.
- The documentary that Andrew
made in response to the sudden loss of his father.
- The healing power of film and
how Andrew discovered his role in the filmmaking
- How Andrew discovered his skill
for bringing together an exceptional team of people.
- How a newspaper article
prompted Andrew’s research into the true cost of
- Andrew’s experiences filming
The True Cost and his continuing journey with its
- The huge scope of the film and
why editing was the most difficult part of completing
- The ongoing changes that have
happened in Andrew’s life since making the film.
- How making The True Cost has
impacted Andrew’s parenting and how he discusses difficult topics
with his kids.
- Andrew’s thoughts on the film
after eight years since starting production.
- How Andrew has continued to
stay informed of the fashion industry and what has been taking
- The mix of optimism and
disappointment that Andrew feels about the fashion industry and its
- How awareness and consumer
consciousness have shifted and what it means for the future of
fashion and waste.
- How Andrew is continuing to
work in the fashion space, and the subject of his next
- Andrew shares his book
recommendations and his thoughts about his morning
- Andrew’s advice: why you cannot
understand the unseen impacts of your life.
Full Show Notes - Links, Transcript, &
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