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Kigurumi Animal Pajamas: Anti-Perv Art?

07.15.11 Marina Galperina

Australian painter Melissa Haslam paints teen girls dressed as cute animals in fields of flowers. This is Kigurumi. It’s no surprise kids prance around Japan in “disguised pajamas,” but apparently, Kigurumi street fashion is now hot in Melbourne. For Haslam, it’s serious — it’s “a literal escape from the overt sexualization of the female image.” See cute stuff at her first solo show: “Kigurumi,” Melissa Haslam., Jul 15 – Aug 13, LeBasse Projects, Chinatown, Los Angeles