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Not just cute and not a cat: Hello Kitty's first museum retrospective
Not just cute and not a cat: Hello Kitty's first museum retrospective

A 12-foot-tall fiberglass statue of Hello Kitty dressed as Cleopatra, "Kittypatra," lies helplessly on her back, waiting to be raised onto her hieroglyphic-covered throne inside a gallery at Little Tokyo's Japanese American National Museum (JANM). White-gloved installers with jewel-cutter precision arrange stacks of glass-encased collectibles: a Hello Kitty Vans sneaker, Hello Kitty dolls in KISS Army makeup, Hello Kitty looking hopeful in her L.A. Dodgers cap before the team's playoff elimination. Still under wraps is Lady Gaga's strapless Hello Kitty gown, made entirely of plush dolls depicting Japan's most bankable merchandising icon. The small,...

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