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The following pairings of fashion graphics hope to highlight affinities between the contemporary work of Armani and that of the pochoir repository of fashion designs of the 1920's (to view paired pochoirs, enlarge each Armani graphic). Though the dramatic historical trajectory of the older presentations has been weighted with far more social specificity and domestic preoccupation--not to mention whimsy--there remains, I think, a continuum of attitudes consisting of vivid intent and vast abysses.

FASHION

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