The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?


This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them and the impact it’s having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking new documentary film that pulls back the curtain on an unseen part of our world and asks us each to consider, who pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth, Vandana Shiva and many more, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye-opening journey into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

92 minutes

Written and Directed by Andrew Morgan
Produced by Michael Ross
Co-executive Producers: Livia Firth, Lucy Siegle, Vincent Vittorio, and Chris Harvey
Editor: Michael Ross
Associate Producer: Laura Piety
Camera: Andrew Morgan and Michael Ross
Sound Mix and Design: Michael Flow
Original Music by Duncan Blickenstaff
An Untold Production in association with Life is My Movie Entertainment

"A portrait of exploitation."
Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

"Gut-wrenching and alarming."
Elle Magazine

"A sweeping, heartbreaking and damning survey of the clothing economy."

 “It unravels the grim, gritty, global supply chain of fast fashion: a system that has injected the type of speed, disposability and price deflation that has directly led to the worst casualties in the industrial age.”
Lucy Siegle, The Guardian

"The ugliness beneath the glamour is exposed by this vitally important documentary...It is to be hoped that it will be seen by many and the all-important word will get out about a vital matter we all literally carry on our backs every day."
David Noh, Film Journal International

"An important incitement to action... I know of no other documentary that confronts the social, cultural, and environmental impacts of fast fashion so comprehensively or compellingly."
Brent Luvaas, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Drexel University, Author, Street Style: An Ethnography of Fashion Blogging, and DIY Style: Fashion, Music, and Global Digital Cultures