Communist chic

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Communist chic clothing for sale at the Fête de l'Humanité event in France in 2014.

Communist chic are elements of popular culture such as fashion and commodities based on communist symbols and other things associated with Communism.[1][2] Typical examples are T-shirts and other memorabilia with Alberto Korda's iconic photo of Che Guevara.

Journalists Christine Esche and Rosa Mossiah argue that in former communist countries, Communist Chic originates from disappointment in capitalist society.[3]

The trend gained some momentum with the 150th anniversary of The Communist Manifesto in 1998.[2] A 'Modern Edition' was released in New York City that year, and style expert Simon Doonan viewed the book as a desirable fashion accessory regardless of its contents. He argues "People are forgetting the Gulag and Stalin and the negative imagery ... it could be time for it to come back as pure style."[4]

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  1. ^ Jacoby, Jeff (April 30, 2006). "Communist chic". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on December 14, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Wilson, John (February 15, 1999). "Communist Chic: Hoisting a few to the ghost of Stalin". The Weekly Standard. Washington, D.C. Archived from the original on January 5, 2019. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  3. ^ Esche, Christine; Mossiah, Rosa Katharina; Topalska, Sandra (September 2010). "Lost and Found: Communism Nostalgia and Communist Chic". Humanity in Action. Archived from the original on September 2, 2021. Retrieved September 3, 2021.
  4. ^ Heffernan, Virginia (February 23, 1998). "Commie Chic". New York. Archived from the original on February 28, 2021. Retrieved September 9, 2021.