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From left, Stephen Sprouse’s Andy Warhol ticket print pants with sheer flap (1996), Andy Warhol ticket print dress with matching ankle boots (1998) and Andy Warhol portrait dress (1998), at Deitch Projects
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by Charlie Finch

Stephen Sprouse was a dud when he was alive, and now, in a historical show of his ratty, derivative designs at Deitch Projects' Wooster Street space, he's a dead dud.

Sprouse was forever stealing not-very-interesting motifs from such as Rudi Gernreich and Jean-Michel Basquiat, dumbing them down in cheap fabric and then pretending that he thought up everything himself. A typical Women's Wear Daily article in the 1980s would trumpet a Sprouse show or boutique only to follow up with a smaller piece a few months later reporting that nothing sold, the backers went bankrupt and the space closed.