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This Is Why You're Expensive

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Cathy Horyn gets to do all the cool stuff, like visit Ralph Rucci's workroom in SoHo. While she was there, she took some close-up photos that say more than a thousand words about what the point of all this is. One picture shows the bodice of a navy taffeta gown, covered in tulle that was shredded by hand, pleated, and pinned in place. Every one of those little pins was put there by a person. Phew! We thought we'd count them, and even getting to 10 was too much work. That is some serious craftsmanship. [NYT]