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Controversial Catwalk: Comme des Garçons’ “Sleep” Collection, 1995

Barbara Brownie

Barbara Brownie is a Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. She is the author of Transforming Type (Bloomsbury, 2014), co-author of The Superhero Costume (Bloomsbury, 2015), and has contributed to edited collections including Writing Design (Berg, 2011). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...History and Significance of “Sleep” In January 1995, Comme des Garçons’ premiered its fall/winter collection during Paris Fashion Week. The collection included blue-and-white vertically striped shirts and trousers, paired with matching...
...The Collection in Context Global inspirations were a leading trend for fashion designers in the early 1990s. For this season, there was a magpie approach in menswear design, and fashion designers did not hold back in their interpretations...
...The Collection in Context Fashion designers presenting their spring/summer 1994 menswear collections in Paris—including Jean Paul Gaultier, Paul Smith, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Bikkembergs, and Claude Montana—offered djellaba-like cotton...