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Israel Prison Hosts Inmate Fashion Show

Alert the fashion police: prisoners in an Israeli jail have presented their debut collections, bringing the do's and don'ts of design straight to the halls of a penitentiary.

Models on towering heels strutted on a red catwalk Monday at Neve Tirza prison, the country's only women's prison, as they showcased clothes designed and made by inmates.

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The prisoners were all part of a rehabilitative project meant to grant them skills they might use upon their release, as well as restore self-confidence following an extended period in jail.

Working alongside students from the Israeli design school Studio 6B, the inmates created collections inspired by anything from British military wear to Indian religious symbols. The clothes were embellished with neon flowers, animal prints and geometric shapes. One grey sleeveless dress bore a prison serial number.

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Beyond the fashion designers, other inmates also took part. Prisoners studying makeup application or hairdressing at the jail joined in to style the models.

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"We take advantage of the jail term. We want to get the inmates to return once they are released with better opportunities," said Nicole Englander, a spokeswoman for the prison. She said an inmate who studied clothes design in jail continued her studies once she was released.

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The models wore white avant-garde streaks on their cheeks. Once dressed, they paraded down a red carpet lined by prison fencing topped by rolls of barbed wire.

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"The intention was to give real tools and create something that is new and through fashion to create a better society," said Yaniv Schwartz of Studio 6B.

-- The Associated Press

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