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A Slavic Village art show highlights Russia's slaves to fashion.

A 1999 trip to Moscow inspired artist Arabella Proffer's latest exhibit, which depicts fashionably dressed Russians standing around a drab Red Square. The untitled show, on display at Art in the Village, features 24 paintings that envision the former Soviet Union as a trendsetter. "I was so used to it being poor and Communist," says Proffer, whose godfather is Nobel Literature Prize winner Joseph Brodsky. "While I was there, I was trying to dress schlubby to blend in. But there were these women in Yves Saint Laurent and La Perla, berating me for needing a stylist. I said, 'What the fuck is that?' They took consumerism and went for it."
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