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It's not just models who come from Slovenia. Cathy Horyn's NYT blog has a particularly erudite --and, okay, at times a pretty pedantic-- set of comme
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It's not just models who come from Slovenia. Cathy Horyn's NYT blog has a particularly erudite --and, okay, at times a pretty pedantic-- set of comme
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It's not just models who come from Slovenia. Cathy Horyn's NYT blog has a particularly erudite --and, okay, at times a pretty pedantic-- set of commenters. The most famous is "Autre", who writes virtual dissertions on a variety of subjects - some related to fashion, some related to him. Yesterday "Ms. Horyn" (as her commenters call her) posted a 7,000 word essay of Autre's, and revealed that he is actually writing a dissertion: He's a Ph.D candidate in art history at the University of Ljubljana. We found the essay, which uses 'Silence of the Lambs' as a vector for exploring fashion, and particularly fashion criticism, to be quite intriguing-- both in and of itself, and for what it represents about the changing face of fashion commentary. We think it's great that the path to writing about fashion is no longer always through the fashion closet. Right now, some of the most exciting commentary is coming from people like Autre; outsiders in a very insider industry. But while his removal from New York and Paris means his voice is fresh, and brings his academic training to bear on Nina Ricci's feathers and Marni's sack dresses, it also means Autre is sometimes talking in a bubble. Which is natural, considering he's in Slovenia. Should fashion be guided from the outside in? --ANNA FIELDING GRIGGS