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Artist Greg Lauren (yes, his uncle is Ralph and father is Jerry, head of men’s design at Polo) has set up a new exhibition in New York called “Alteration”.  Inspired by his upbringing and appreciation for classic men’s clothes, the show features 40 life-size sculptures of iconic items like a pinstripe suit, safari jacket and hunting jacket, all created from paper, sewn together and coated with black and white paint. According to WWD, the looks reference “archetypes including soldiers, hunters and businessmen, as well as the wide spectrum of Americana that his uncle and his father have romanticized for decades.” Even though the clothes are fascinating to see, his underlying message is much deeper. Lauren says, “Part of what I’m saying is these images are so potent, and yet [they’re] paper thin. It looks so powerful, so durable, so real, and yet it’s as delicate and disposable as the paper it’s made out of.”

In another section of the exhibit, 20 fabric jackets serve as a series of journals in cloth: one is sewn from an old drop cloth from his studio, another is pieced together with mementos of a trip to Paris he took with his wife.

“Alteration: New Works on Paper” runs through November 1 at 28 Wooster Street, NYC (646) 620-2338

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