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Trying to Authenticate the Fake

New York Fashion Week appears to have triggered something of an existential creative crisis, best expressed in today's article by New York Times fashion critic Guy Trebay. 

After noting Malcolm McLaren's insistence that much of the classic punk clothing attributed to him and Vivienne Westwood and scheduled to be auctioned by Christie's next month is not genuine, Trebay observes that McLaren's point is really far broader:  "What is the point of cultural artifacts if they are not connected to any specific culture?"  The article goes on:

"Warhol's 15 minues have gone mad," Mr. McLaren said as scads of interchageable demi-celebrities marched by.  Everyone is trying to authenticate the fake.

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