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A frayed edge of a dress reminds me of that corner of degraded tarpaulin on the bottom of my tent when I went camping as a Girl Scout – the unravelling edge of fabric offering free entrance to a host of bugs. Somehow just looking at a Marques Almeida dress immediately transports me to my girlhood.

Like the recent era of fringe, which evoked childhood memories of American Girl dolls and playing cowboys and indians, anything that’s frayed has a dimension of nostalgia to it. The ripped jeans of the 90s and overgrown clothes of summer come to mind.

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