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O ubraniach, które zbudziły obrazy koszmaru
Clothes that awakened images of horror

Author(s): Agata Zborowska
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: image; fashion; Holocaust

Summary/Abstract: On 27 January 1995 at the Paris Fashion Week the Comme des Garçons fashion house presented collection entitled Sleep. Among the clothes there were sets consisting of blue-and-white, vertically striped trousers and shirts. The direct reference was supposed to be clothing resembling classic men’s pyjamas. The show provoked great interest in the media, which presented unanimously negative interpretations of the show. They noticed that on the same day, exactly 50 years before the show, the soldiers opened the gates of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Comme des Garçons in popular opinion had made a conscious reference to the uniforms of the concentration camp’s prisoners. The author analysed the origins and consequences of the censorship that resulted in the collection not only physically disappearing, but also almost all of its traces have been eliminated.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 156-163
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Polish