Nature versus nurture
Before he became an acclaimed fashion designer, Bill Blass
created deliberately bad camouflage during World War II as a member of the
so-called “Ghost Army.” Along with painter Ellsworth Kelly, Harlem 58 photographer
Art Kane and some 1,100 other artists, designers, and technicians, the Ghost
Army faked out Nazi forces with a hastily assembled assortment of inflatable
tanks, dummy airplanes, make-believe command posts, phony patches, bogus radio
signals, and thunderous sound effects.