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Old 01-12-2007, 06:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The following WSJ article might be of interest to some of you.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB116862663896075427.html

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The Council of Fashion Designers of America, the industry's main trade group, issued a series of recommendations to curb the use of dangerously-thin models on runways during fashion shows.

The guidelines – labeled the CFDA Health Initiative – recommended that models "who are identified as having an eating disorder be required to seek professional help in order to continue modeling." The group also suggested that designers not hire models under 16 years old for runway shows, and prohibit models under 18 from working past midnight at fittings or photo shoots. It also advised designers to offer healthy meals, water and regular breaks while models work and create a "healthy backstage environment" by barring smoking and alcohol. The American fashion trade group drew up its recommendations after its counterparts in Milan and Madrid banned designers from using runway models who were too thin.

"You're going to be able to get more people involved in helping out by educating and teaching versus enforcing a ban," said Steven Kolb, CFDA's executive director. The recommendations were drawn up by a committee that included Vogue editor Anna Wintour, her health editor, Abigail Walch, nutritionist Joy Bauer and Nian Fish, creative director for KCD Worldwide, which produces fashion shows.
Because of copyright restrictions, I cannot reprint the article here. But for those that are interested and don't have a WSJ subsription, please send me a message along with your email address and I will use WSJ's Email This feature to send you a link where you can view the article free of charge.

The article doesn't say a whole lot, but it might of interest to some of the readers here.
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Old 01-12-2007, 07:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The article doesn't say a whole lot, but it might of interest to some of the readers here.
i'm guessing you don't work as a publicist, a PR spin doctor, or a marketing guy.
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Re: WSJ Excerpt: Thin Models
Old 01-12-2007, 09:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i'm guessing you don't work as a publicist, a PR spin doctor, or a marketing guy.
JimmyD...corrrect on all counts.

I made my comment because the committee provided recommendations only and the committee seemed rather narrow, "The recommendations were drawn up by a committee that included Vogue editor Anna Wintour, her health editor, Abigail Walch, nutritionist Joy Bauer and Nian Fish, creative director for KCD Worldwide, which produces fashion shows."

I'd be more impressed if major fashion shows had already endorsed and promised to abide by the recommendations. For example, if Victoria's Secrets had already promised to abide by these recommendations and other key fashion shows, then great.

If you can get the Council of Fashion Designers of America (http://www.cfda.com/flash.html) to properly load, you might find most of the content there too. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the flash site to provide the news items. It just says loading text. I am not sure why creative types seem so attached to Flash. If it were simply html and css, these news items would be readily visible.
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I am not sure why creative types seem so attached to Flash. If it were simply html and css, this news items would likely be readily visible.
I'm not much of a Flash fan either. I always click the "Skip Intro" button on flash sites. It's pretty good, tho, for streaming videos and it's pretty annoying for, say, photogapher's sites.
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