A Sunday-night preview flaunted major fashion — girls awaiting fittings in enormous furry hats, Pilgrim by way of Dr. Seuss (and Stephen Jones), atop elaborate pilings of impeccably sculpted clothes in incredible custom fabrics and tricked-out (holograms, sparkly buckles) shoes. What the preview didn’t telegraph: the intense emotion and lyricism of the show Marc Jacobs would present in little more than 24 hours.

It started with perusals of advancedstyle.blogspot.com, a Web site that celebrates elder New York fashion of a certain flamboyance, and morphed into a poignant visual commentary on embellishment, self-expression, decay.  

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