Sir, The photograph of several models on a runway that accompanied Pan Kwan Yuk’s brief on the sliding fortunes of Ralph Lauren (“Clever tailoring”, August 11) had a back-to-the-future sensibility. Two of the models, with shimmering, swirling eddies in their drapery folds, suggested a concatenation with the Hellenistic Greek sculpture Nike of Samothrace (c 190 BCE, The Louvre): “back”; also with the Futurist bronze Unique Forms of Continuity in Space by Umberto Boccioni (1913, MoMA, New York): “the future”.

Striding to show the overcoming of obstacles (such as war and space/time — in this case, market expectations) is a common goal.

Charles D Collins

Rochester, NY, US

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