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2002: The Rise of the T-Shirt
As the nineties were to jeans, so were the aughts to the basic cotton tee, which was elevated from its humble origins through tweaks in fabric, cut, and—of course—price. Prime examples: Rick Owens' sinuously draped jersey tees, American Apparel's ubiquitous sternum-exposing deep-V tees, and Alexander Wang's line called—what else?—T (left). (Wang's not only the designer, he's a client, too—he's rarely seen out of one.)

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