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"Deconstructing a men's suit" was Marisa Cheung's agenda when she cut up a brown suit coat she found in a Wisconsin thrift store and added a ruffled underskirt of Pellon interfacing, a stiff material usually used to reinforce cuffs and collars. She says she modeled her garment after the plumage of male peacocks and can imagine a "cute, successful businesswoman" wearing her exploding creation. Cheung and her School of the Art Institute classmates in Art History 5681: Defining 20th-Century Dress spent the semester exploring identity and personal style, drawing swatches of theory from everyone from Hume to Derrida in an attempt to blur the line between fashion and fine art. (Fashion design majors at SAIC need thick skins, acknowledges fellow student Alex Jovanovich, as painters and other artists are prone to dismiss their focus as frivolous, though "this is the last place you'd think that prejudice would exist," he says.) As a final project they've curated and mounted an exhibit called "I.D. for Sale: Money, Moods, and the Mode." It opens Friday, December 13, at 945 W. Fulton (next to Monique Meloche Gallery), with a reception from 6 to 9 PM; the show will be up through Sunday, December 15. Hours are 11 AM to 6 PM Saturday and Sunday, and admission is free. For more infor-mation call 312-899-1215 or E-mail

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Nathan Mandell.

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