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July 24, 1997
A fashion show displaying the latest creations off the runways of Paris and Haifa, right here in Orange County? Sure. But with an educational twist. Students from fashion vocational schools and programs in France and Israel shipped off their hottest designs to star in a recent show for members of the Dana Niguel Chapter of the Women's American Organization for Rehabilitation through Training. The group is a voluntary network of vocational education and technological training.
September 7, 2012 | By Susan Denley
The meat dress Lady Gaga wore to the MTV Video Music Awards in 2010  has been dried, preserved and painted to look like it's original raw hue (kind of sounds like jerky), and now it's part of a traveling exhibition of artifacts on display as part of the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" tour. Items representing 70 rock divas are included. The exhibit is to be on view in Washington through Jan. 6, and then will move on to Omaha, Seattle and Phoenix.
July 18, 1990 | GAILE ROBINSON
THE MOVIE: "Betsy's Wedding." THE SCENE: Molly Ringwald (Betsy) plays a betrothed fashion design student. Her father (Alan Alda), mother (Madeline Kahn), sister (Ally Sheedy) and fiance (Dylan Walsh) are stultifying characters who distract from the two best parts of the film--the sartorially splendid, cartoon-gangster Tony Dee, played by Anthony La Paglia and Betsy's wardrobe.
Now that she's 40, Barbie has learned a thing or two about marketing. Mattel Inc.'s Barbie has teamed up with eyeglass designer Alain Miki to create sunglasses for adults. The glasses include all the must-have Barbie trademarks--pink frames or lenses and side arms shaped like a shapely Barbie leg or a functional hair comb (works great as a hair-holding headband). The collection of 18 Barbie styles sells for about $165 a pair at stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York.
September 24, 2011 | By David Hay, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way," which opens Oct. 1 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, aims to dispel the myth that significant contributions by Californians during this period came mainly in art, architecture and high-design ceramics. Wendy Kaplan, head of the decorative arts and design department at the museum, calls them "the usual suspects. " By extending the scope of her new exhibition to furniture, graphic design, fashion, surfboards, even the Studebaker Avanti designed by Raymond Loewy, Kaplan is arguing that what flourished in the state, particularly after World War II, was in fact a much broader movement, one whose influence extended far beyond California's borders.
January 17, 2010 | By Vincent Boucher
Right about now, in January, as the holiday glow fades and winter boredom sets in, die-hard fans of ballroom, hip-hop, tango and salsa may have a dawning realization: "So You Think You Can Dance" had its season finale the week before Christmas. And "Dancing With the Stars" won't be back till March. We'll miss the shows too -- as much for the highly inventive, undeniably glamorous costumes as for the riveting quick steps and rumbas. The January lull gives us time to ponder and appreciate the work of designers who build the "looks" for both shows from the ground up, in the scant few days between one week's result show and the next week's competition -- with little to go on but a piece of music, a hunch and a ton of Swarovski crystals.
June 24, 2012 | BOOTH MOORE
When a perfect 10 isn't enough, there's EleVen. That's the name of tennis pro and sports style icon Venus Williams' new "tennis lifestyle brand," with its dresses, tops and bottoms designed to be worn on and off the court. Williams, 32, is the winner of 21 Grand Slam titles and three Olympic gold medals and has been ranked No 1 in the world several times since she entered pro tennis in 1994 at age 14. This summer, she's headed back to the Olympics in London, where no doubt her outfits, as well as her game, will make headlines.
Los Angeles, the cultural melting pot, is a steady source of fresh fashion talent from around the world. Recently, four young designers have captured attention. Best known is Kim Dam, 35, who was born in Vietnam. She believes that life there in the war-torn '70s taught her how to surmount chaos and career obstacles. She and her family escaped as boat people and arrived in Los Angeles in 1975.
Signs you've hit the big time at warp speed: Debut in a blockbuster. Have your first short story printed in the New Yorker. Sign a record deal after having only sung in the shower. Or--as several young designers did this week--launch your first line at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. For the past six seasons, a select group of students from Otis College of Art and Design's School of Fashion Design have been featured for two weeks of fame in two of the toniest windows in town.
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