The Hidden Cost

By Sophia Westover

My film is about the fashion industry’s detrimental impact on the environment and the ways that sustainable fashion has emerged to change our consumption habits. Through student interviews, personal experience and online research, this documentary tells the story of how everyday people have recognized their impact and made changes in fashion consumption. It identifies the best tactics to improve our fashion consumption choices and hope to tell the story of the changing fashion industry with a focus on Madison.

Behind the Scenes

Meet the Filmmaker

My name is Sophia Westover, I am a senior at UW-Madison studying journalism with a certificate in gender & women’s studies. I was born and raised in San Francisco, California. I have always been very interested in fashion, but over the last few years, I have become very consumed and passionate about the environment and mitigating climate change, prompting me to make this documentary.