From Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 Ad Campaign
We know women love fashion; young and old, near and far. But according to a recent article on TheDailyBeast.com, fashion is also popular with prison women.
The Prison Education Initiative program at the women’s jail on Rikers Island—New York City’s main jail complex—offers a Fashion Theory class taught by Accessories Designer and Project Runway alum Anna Lynett Moss. Average attendance for classes in the PEI program ranges from 6 – 20 students. Fashion Theory consistently pulls in 30 students, Moss told the shopping website Of A Kind, reports TheDailyBeast.com.
The fashion course focuses on “society in relation to the modern fashion industry” by covering topics like “Burberry’s recent use of wax-print techniques for their Resort 2012 collection, to “photographer Edward Burtynsky’s close examination of the industrial landscapes where fast fashion is manufactured,” and racial diversity in the industry.
Thought they’d be sifting through pretty pictures and learning to pick apart Lanvin‘s latest collection? Hardly.
Through the exploration of the class’ topics, the students analyze things like the messages women receive from the fashion industry regarding body image, and from where their own notions of beauty originate.
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