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Bodywear From the Ultimate Body Barer?

DOSSIER / BUSINESS NOTES, TRENDS AND STYLEMAKERS

December 04, 1992|GARRY ABRAMS

Yes, we know Madonna hasn't been wearing much of anything lately. But now Dossier learns that the ubiquitous exhibitionist may license a line of bodywear. And if the deal goes through, the clothes will be relatively modest, at least by Madonna's standards. Bob Marx of Gilda Marx Inc. says the Los Angeles exercise-clothing firm has been approached to design and market a line that would carry Madonna's name. "The deal has not been put to bed . . . but we have every reason to think it can be successful," Marx says, noting that the line would have "a wholesomeness about it." If Madonna and the Marxes get together, the stuff could be in stores for next fall, he adds. We can wait.

* MICKEY TO THE MAX: The Girouex family of Jacksonville, Fla., has been possessed by Mickey Mouse . . . and Donald and Goofy and . . . . The latest count shows that the family has more than 4,000 Disney items from stuffed animals to clothing bearing the likenesses of the trademark cartoon characters--including most of the clothes of 7-year-old John and 1-year-old Jennifer.

Why? Because they love it.

"I don't know what it's worth. You pick up a couple of things, and all of a sudden, it become an obsession almost," said Joe Girouex, who lives in his own little Disney world with his wife, Sheri, and the two children.

Every room of the family's house is filled with cartoon faces of Dalmatians, genies, Belle and the Beast, Cinderella, Donald Duck, Winnie the Pooh, Snow White, Dumbo, Bambi and other characters.

Jennifer, who is nicknamed "Cinderella" because she's always losing her shoe, is a Disney baby down to the diapers. She made her first trip to Disney World when she was 3 days old. She's now teething on Minnie Mouse's rubber ears.

But the Disney collection is not all kid stuff.

The brass buttons on Girouex's blazers, his cuff links, his watch and his ring bear Mickey's mug. He also owns a collection of Disney ties.

Mickey also can be seen on Sheri Girouex's earrings and in the sparkles on her sequined sweater. Each day she must choose from 20 Disney character watches and 450 hats. The family drives to Disney World, 140 miles away, 40 to 50 times a year and has been going for 11 years.

"It's a lot of fun. I can leave work after a hard day and walk into a Disney park, and it's another world. I can watch a Disney movie and feel good," Girouex told the Associated Press.

* SHIRTING THE ISSUE: An Italian soccer club is changing its away-game shirts after a sharp-eyed fan noticed that the shirts' design included a motif in the form of a swastika. In a statement this week, Team Fiorentina said "the optical effect (of a swastika image) is purely a matter of chance." A spokesman explained that a computer had randomly picked out the fabric pattern featuring the swastika, the emblem of the German Nazi party.

The shirts are predominantly white, but a black linear design, which includes the offending motif, overlays splashes of violet on the chest and arms, according to Reuters.

The issue was raised by a reader of l'Unita, the newspaper of the ex-Communist Democratic Party of the Left, and comes at a time when Italy is worried by an increase in racist violence.

* GRAVE DECISION: What to wear for eternity? In the West African country of Ghana picking the right casket is the ultimate fashion question. And the decision involves a lot more than choosing between bronze and pine boxes.

For instance, one coffin maker's showroom is filled with such unusual models as a huge wooden chicken on yellow legs, a pale green spring onion, a flashy eagle with hinged wings, a jumbo jet and a crab decked out in bright blue shell and red pincers.

"Anything you want in the world, I can make it for you. I just have to see it," said Kane Quaye Sowah, one of a handful of unorthodox coffin makers on the coast road leading east from the capital Accra.

"It's a status thing. People want to portray their occupation. It's a testimony to what they did in life." (A chicken might symbolize a poultry farmer, or a good family man. An eagle represents bravery, perhaps for a local chief. The crab was a family emblem.)

A few miles down the road, at Paa Willie's Six Feet Enterprise, William Mensah does a cheaper deal--about $380 for a Mercedes complete with curtains, glass windows and radio antenna, according to Reuters. It gets great mileage.

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