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Few articles of clothing are as egalitarian as the humble blue jean. It’s come a long way from its working-stiff roots, rising in status to become not only a luxe object of desire but a symbol of democracy, rebellion, and repose. Fashion loves an incongruity, and nothing is an incongruent as workwear reinterpreted as haute couture. Here, we present seven marquee names in fashion who’ve tangoed with a deconstructed jean or two, including Alexander McQueen, Martin Margiela, Gary Harvey, and Alexander Wang.

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