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Past masters: Pre-Raphaelite insipired fashion

March 24, 2013

Fashion is known for plumbing rather esoteric depths for its inspirations ? so you wouldn't think that the mid-19th century work of Edward Burne-Jones, John Everett Millais or Dante Gabriel Rosetti could feature large as grist to the creative mill. The may be masterpieces, but today they're images you see in dentists' waiting rooms, on mouse mats or tote bags ? the kind sold, say, at last year's blockbuster Tate Britain Pre-Raphaelite exhibition. They're pretty. They're populist. They're? well, just not cool.

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