In celebration of the Lunar New Year, one women’s prison in China decided to put on a fashion show featuring members of both the prison population and the guards. Fortunately, it ended up being more Glee than Shawshank Redemption and earned media attention even across the sea in Japan.
Check out some photos of the event below!
While it’s not the first time a prison has shown the public its inmates’ dancing skills, it may be the most beautifully costumed group of prisoners we’ve ever seen!
Located in Jilin Province, China, a group of the female prisoners and guards worked together to design and create the clothes, for which the imprisoned designers were issued awards by the province’s fashion design and textile associations. The talented group also danced and sang for an assembled crowd, including some much-lauded belly dancing! It seems that the clothing designs were so well done that prison officials are in talks with a shopping mall to sell clothes designed by the inmates–and once you see the photos from the event, you’ll understand why!
According to prison officials, the correctional facility provides professional training for their inmates so that they will have practical skills with which to make an honest living once they’ve served their sentences. Officials also said that the educational programs help the inmates express themselves and build self-esteem, which has led to both better relations with the guards and improved behavior amongst the inmates themselves. One prisoner, who has spent a decade in jail, earned numerous awards at the fashion show and said that she really appreciated learning the new skills.
But enough background information–check out the photos below! It’s hard to believe these costumes weren’t created by a top-name designer!