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Age: 35

Occupation: Artist/sales clerk

Apartment: Five rooms, $950 a month

Location: West Town

Recently found: An earring, missing for two years.

Not Pictured: Photograph of his father and grandmother taken in Greece 60 years ago. Grandmother lived in Chicago, but moved back to Greece when her grandson was three. "I was so pissed she was leaving I stopped speaking Greek."

Prized Possession: The bed. "It makes me feel safe."

The Sequined Top: Lined with silk, it's said to be a Mary McFadden original, possibly featured on the cover of Vogue. He bought it from a friend for $300 and has worn it five times.

In His Own Words: "If I had a million dollars I'd lie out on a table and let a surgeon make me look like Raquel Welch....I could dress where I work now, but I don't feel like doing that every morning. I don't want to get up an hour earlier to put makeup on every day."

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos/Lloyd DeGrane.

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