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Controversial Catwalk: Comme des Garçons ‘Sleep’ collection, 1995

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title = "Controversial Catwalk: Comme des Gar{\cc}ons ‘Sleep’ collection, 1995",
abstract = "In 1995, Comme des Gar{\cc}ons provoked controversy with a collection featuring distressed fabric that bore faded boot prints, along with loose-fitting loungewear of blue and white striped cotton. Although Rei Kawakubo herself denied any intentional reference to the Holocaust, audiences saw the boot prints as references to bodies trampled underfoot, the vertically striped pajamas as imitations of those worn by concentration camp inmates. Large, “meaningless” numbers, printed onto hems, seemed to invite association with the depersonalization of concentration camp inmates. Kawakubo withdrew the collection from sale, but could not stem the tide of media criticism.",
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author = "Barbara Brownie",
year = "2017",
language = "English",
journal = "Bloomsbury Fashion Photography Archives",
publisher = "Bloomsbury Publishing Plc",

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