or is it just the cheap source of labor?
By Sophie Hardach Tue Oct 31, 1:30 PM ET
MILAN (Reuters) - It's not at every fashion show that you see two armed police officers standing by the catwalk.
The teenage models were wearing prison-inspired clothes, but it was one of the designers in the audience who needed guards at the Codice a Sbarre jailwear ("Bar Code jailwear") spring/summer 2007 show in Milan's glamorous Il Gattopardo nightclub.
Four women held at a prison in Vercelli, east of Milan, designed and made the collection of boldly striped hooded jumpers, shorts and mini-skirts with a bar code logo (continued...)