Named the worst city to live in by The Economist, Dhaka is not a fashion center. It is seen as an unlikely destination for fashion.
In the same time, Fashion industry in Bangladesh brought in more than $21 billion in revenue last year. Hence, these numbers are expected to double in the next 10 years, turning Dhaka into a major hub for producing and designing affordable fashion.
Bangladesh is the largest producer of T-shirts in the world. Reality is that here, in Dhaka are no shops, just many factories.
Rubana Huq or Pratap Bharat Singh are names that you did not heard about, but the chances that you have worn clothes they have designed and made are big. They bring high fashion to the masses making clothes for countless global brands such as Zara, H&M, Bershka or GAP from the garment factories of Dhaka.
In the last years, the Bangladeshi capital is earning a growing reputation as a quality producer of high-end fashion.
Dhaka and Globalization
Globalization is the main reason that made fashion to grow in Bangladesh.
Today, many fashion designers are opening fashion houses in Bangladesh. Most of them are based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
A few years back, Bangladeshi people could not think about trendy dresses. Furthermore, most of the clothes were only made at home or tailoring house for individuals. It was about wearing cheap outfits for regular usages. Expensive fashion was available just for the rich or aristocrat families.
Dhaka is growing rapidly. Every three minutes a family moves to the capital making it one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Many of the new arrivals find work in garments factories.
Fashion in Dhaka, Bangladesh still means the gigantic factories. In a factory where 30,000 people work day and night earning around $60 month sewing clothes for global brands.