To Our Readers: Apr. 25, 1994

We recently received a communique from one of our favorite correspondents, Martha Duffy, who in her years as a researcher, writer and senior editor at TIME has covered every aspect of the arts. Her sprightly critique of modern fashion's descent into the facetious and Felliniesque appears in this issue. Duffy says:

"I became interested in fashion on a trip I took to Paris after college. I had no money. But I was aware enough of Chanel and Mme. Gres to know that if you called ahead and turned up at 3 in the afternoon, you could see a free show with...

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