A US fashion label has come under fire from social media users for selling a « peasant dress » for $375 (roughly £250).
Advertised on the site of New York-based fashion label 6397, the dress is a kind of formless long t-shirt with baggy sleeves.
It was brought to light when a Reddit user posted a picture of the dress under the title « Yeah, because I’m totally going to spend $400 to look like a goddamn peasant ».
Users were quick to criticise the dress, with the top rated comment reading: « She looks like a mental patient from a movie. »
Many of the users commenting took umbridge with the idea of poverty being exploited in the name of fashion.
Some drew parallels to the Urban Outfitters chain of stores, which sell drab looking clothes for high prices, and who in their mission statement described the target audience as « upscale homeless ».
Others made reference to the fashion community’s fascination with poverty and homeless people, pointing out the popularity of fashion designers like Vivienne Westwood, who held a 2011 collection called « Homeless Chic ».