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December 2, 1988 | JEANNINE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Omar the modeling agent doesn't like to call his models models: "I want to have an agency of real people, not models. They are real, everyday people with great style." Omar the modeling agent refuses to scout for models: "It has to just happen. I should just walk in the street and bump into a guy and he'll say something to me and I'll say something to him and my heart opens up to this human being and I'll see that he has great style and I'll say, 'Wow, let me give you a shot.'
The fashion industry thrives on the twitchy anticipation of style junkies searching for their next hit. It has gotten high on glamorous, buxom beauties and tripped on the vapid waif generation. Among the current addictions is a nihilistic vision of beauty that mirrors the wasted silhouettes and pinched faces of drug addicts. This explains why Bob Dole recently jumped on the fashion world for sending "a false and deadly message to America's youth that drugs are harmless fun."
December 23, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A month after the death of an anorexic model in Brazil, Italy's government and fashion industry on Friday adopted a voluntary code aimed at promoting a more "generous" look for women. Under the pact, Italy's highly competitive fashion industry agreed not to hire models younger than 16. The industry also promised to add larger sizes to its collections and require models to submit medical proof they do not suffer from eating disorders.
Cher has been transformed from the antithesis of fashion to its epitome. Rather than being portrayed in the history books as one of the world's foremost fashion victims, time has turned her into a fashion visionary. Influential designers have evoked her name as a source of inspiration and guidance in striking just the right note of contemporary wretched excess.
December 16, 2006 | Valli Herman, Times Staff Writer
In separate incidents on opposite coasts this week, the seriously thin became a serious issue. Early Monday morning, celebutante Nicole Richie was arrested for driving under the influence after she was spotted driving the wrong way on the 134 Freeway. According to the booking sheet, the 25-year-old star of "The Simple Life" is 5 feet 1 and 85 pounds.
May 30, 1986 | United Press International
Award-winning fashion designer Perry Ellis, whose quirky clothing shocked the fashion industry but later became basic to contemporary style, died early today of viral encephalitis, the disease known as sleeping sickness. Ellis, 46, died peacefully at 1:30 a.m. after slipping into a coma several days ago, said a spokesman for New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.
March 23, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Charles Suppon, a designer who won a 1978 Coty Award for his women's fashions and who also was co-author of the book for the Broadway musical "Legs Diamond," died Tuesday of a brain tumor. He was 40. Suppon had retired from the fashion industry several years ago to work as an associate of Peter Allen, whom he had met when he designed costumes for the Australian-born entertainer's Broadway show, "Up in One."
With 10 employees and $300,000 worth of computerized pattern sizing and layout machines, Guadalajara-born Soledad Plata has struggled to succeed in the fiercely independent and entrepreneurial Los Angeles fashion industry. Plata started 17 years ago cutting paper patterns by hand, then went on to run computers for fashion giant Carole Little, put herself through technical school and found her own company with her husband and run it out of the family's garage in Duarte.
November 29, 2003 | From Reuters
The return of fur to the world's fashion catwalks has spelled death to thousands of endangered animals with a boom in demand for their skins, a top wildlife protection officer said Friday. John Sellar, senior enforcement officer for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, said there had been a surge in seizures of tiger and leopard skins as the fashion industry embraced fur once again.
October 10, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Ever wondered what it takes to make it in the fashion industry? On Oct. 19-21, 525 young women will gather at the Hudson Theater in New York City to hear from top designers, editors and entrepreneurs. These fashionistas, who aspire to work in the fashion industry themselves one day, will take part in the annual three-day Teen Vogue Fashion University for some "Fashion 101" classes. If you can't make it to NYC for the event, don't sweat it. Teen Vogue is offering a webinar of the sold-out event online.
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