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The many looks of Moammar Gadhafi, fashion icon
Even as Libya's internecine conflict rages, reports surface that the African despot is lobbying for a fashion retrospective in New York
Moammar Gadhafi's tenure as Libya's leader might be reaching an end, but the African despot will leave an indelible mark on political fashion. Corbis
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ven as NATO steps up airstrikes on his Tripoli compound, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi reportedly has bigger things on his mind... like fashion. A New York Times writer recently received a strange, possibly fake letter from a man claiming to be an aid to Libya's Minister for Culture and Ethnic Affairs. According to the letter, Libyan officials have been trying to arrange a 2013 retrospective of Gadhafi's best fashions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While it seems unlikely that will happen, there's no question that the African despot has a unique style, one that's been likened to "Lacroix, Liberace, Phil Spector (for hair), Snoopy, and Idi Amin." Take a look.

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