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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

Even 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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