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Some artists use paint, clay, marble, bronze, or gold. The medium George Barris uses is the automobile. For more than seventy years Barris has pushed the boundaries of body work, paint, and motors to produce four (and sometimes six!) wheeled fantasies. It would be hard to imagine many of the great film and television characters without their unique modes of transportation. Batman, the Munsters, Starsky and Hutch, Knight Rider. If he wasn't building cars for the movies he was building cars for the stars. Everyone from John Wayne to Zsa Zsa Gabor, Elvis to Dean Martin. They all rode in Barris style.
The Department of Style is a field guide to the timeless, the adventurous, and the enthusiastic. We celebrate craft. We explore tradition. We find the creative imaginations that take classic forms and make them their own.
It is about understanding that in life, doing something right takes time, and skill, and effort. But therein lies the joy. Finding people who still do those things that way and telling their stories is the original Departmental mandate.
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