June 27, 2010 |
Did you know that Halston's famous 1970s era Ultrasuede dresses are not biodegradable? Talk about timeless fashion. Or that Madame Grès was using faux fur way back in 1942, to get around real fur shortages during the German occupation of Paris during World War II? Or that the democratization of fashion didn't begin at Target and H&M, but at New York City's 19th century shirtwaist factories, which produced affordable styles that allowed more women to participate in fashion, but at the cost of fair labor practices?
October 12, 1991
Roger Forsythe, 36, head fashion designer for the Perry Ellis menswear company. Born in Missouri and raised in Texas, Forsythe was educated at the University of Houston and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Asked to join the Ellis group in 1988 as vice president and men's design director, he was credited with turning around company profits, which had sagged since Ellis' death in 1986.
May 19, 1998
Alexander W. Lawlor, 68, a leader in the Southern California garment industry. Born in New York City's Bronx, Lawlor graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology where he studied management, industrial relations and engineering. He moved to California in 1950 and became active in the Men's Apparel Guild in California and served as its president for several years. Lawlor was president of Catalina Martin, a division of Kayser Roth Corp.
February 6, 1993
Karl Logan, 43, one of Los Angeles' top fashion designers. A native of Bakersfield, Logan studied fashion design at Los Angeles Trade Technical College and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York before he rose to prominence among contemporary Los Angeles designers in the mid-1980s. He launched his women's wear collection in 1986 and won the California Designer of the Year Award, presented by the California Mart, in 1988.
January 12, 1988 |
India's dress style for hundreds of years has been six yards of fabric wrapped into a sari. It hardly seems the place for a Western fashion design center. But a school that has recently opened in New Delhi intends to make fast-changing haute couture a part of Indian culture. The National Institute of Fashion Technology, founded in collaboration with the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, launched its first fashion design course in August.
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April 9, 2002
Raven Chanticleer, 72, founder and owner of New York's African American Wax and History Museum, a tiny but impressive space in Harlem filled with two dozen statues of black heroes, died March 31 in New York City of lung cancer. Born James Watson in Woodruff, S.C., the son of sharecroppers, he invented a colorful name and persona for himself as he studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and became a fashion designer, dancer, sculptor and storyteller.