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Is Fashion Designer Ralph Lauren Out Of Touch With America?

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How D'Wayne Edwards Became A Sneaker Legend

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Former President Barack Obama and artist Kehinde Wiley unveil his portrait during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Behind The Obama Portraits: Artists Put Their Own Spin On A Presidential Tradition

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Artist Amy Sherald Discusses Portrait Of Former First Lady Michelle Obama

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A scene from Matthew Cordell's Caldecott-winning Wolf in the Snow. Matthew Cordell/Macmillan Children's Publishing Group hide caption

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The new hospital garment ties in the front, like a robe, allowing the patient more modesty than the standard gown. Sophie Sahara Barkham/courtesy Care+Wear hide caption

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Sophie Sahara Barkham/courtesy Care+Wear

Can A Patient Gown Makeover Move Hospitals To Embrace Change?

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A photo released by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court shows an oil painting of an unidentified man, likely a former court justice, painted by an unknown artist, which hangs in the court's collection of images of retired justices in Boston. Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court via AP hide caption

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The Sankuanz shoes for shoes are meant to protect the first pair of sneakers from dirt and damage. Courtesy of Sankuanz hide caption

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In True Meta Fashion, These Are Shoes For Your Shoes

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Kean, Subway Sandwich Artist by Shauna Frischkorn Shauna Frischkorn/Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery hide caption

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From Sandwich Shops To Cotton Mills, Art That Honors The American Worker

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The Orbit Pavilion was created by artists Dan Goods, David Delgado, Jason Klimoski and Shane Myrbeck. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech hide caption

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At One NASA Lab, Art And Science Share The Same Orbit

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Alexander Wang Discusses Why He's Leaving NYFW And His New Business Model

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Dina Alhamrani's photos (at right) show a bride wearing a red "pre-wedding dress" and gold-leaf henna designs on her hands. "I want to tell brides never to let go of their heritage," Alhamrani says. "We have very, very vibrant colors. That's the message I try to convey. And the bride is looking at the light: That's a happy thing that she wants." Eslah Attar/NPR hide caption

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Google's Art Selfie App Offers A Lesson In Biometric Privacy Laws In U.S.

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