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It was some sort of non-fashion statement. . .about 20 nude mannequins and their shadows strutted their stuff in the New York Fashion Academy windows along Ballard Avenue. We all get like this at times, that Emperor's New Clothes realization that we are wearing only illusions about ourselves and are as naked as these mannequins in a storefront window. Artists can hold up that mirror for us, even very young ones wearing pink and green hair, Amelie bangs, a thrift store shift, striped leggings and Doc Martins, carrying bolts of pastel moire and some mid-century-modern birch bark cloth print down Ballard Avenue in the dark. SeattleSeattle+Daily+Photo New+York+Fashion+Academy Ballard Ballard+Avenue manikins clothingnude naked shopfront storefront window+display design fashion illusionEmperor's+New+Clothes