Fashion Week in New York City
Series Looks Behind the Scenes at the Style Industry
Hear a report from NPR's Rick Karr on designer knockoffs.
Wenlan Chia, whose Twinkle label makes its Fashion Week debut.
Credit: Courtesy Wenlan Chia
Wilson Chan (aka Mr. Wilson DJ), mixing runway music.
Credit: Courtesy MAO Public Relations
A selection from Nanette Lepore's fall lineup.
Credit: Courtesy Nanette Lepore
For Edmundo Castillo, who designed this silver shoe (priced at $450 a pair), his shoes come alive when they're worn.
Credit: Courtesy Edmundo Castillo
Sept. 15-19, 2003 -- As Fashion Week begins in New York City, Morning Edition kicks off a
five-part series examining the business and spectacle of the style industry.
The series follows a young designer as she prepares a show alongside the biggest names in the business, explores what goes into making great music for models to parade to, reveals the secrets behind fashion trends, looks at why designs aren't protected by copyright laws, and checks out what it really means to be well-heeled.
Monday, Sept. 15
A Designer's First Big Show
Jeff Lunden follows designer Wenlan Chia as she prepares for her first big fashion show. What's involved, why is Fashion Week important and what are her expectations?
Tuesday, Sept. 16
An integral part of the spectacle of style, music helps communicate the designer's vision and underscores the points he or she needs to make... as well as getting the models moving and the audience primed to buy. How do designers chose their music and what will they be using this year? How do designers select music for a show? NPR's Neda Ulaby reports.
Wednesday, Sept. 17
Forecasting the New Black
This year's black is...? A few times a year, companies you've probably never heard of come out with the colors, shapes and fabrics that will dominate retail stores around the world. Are they predicting the future or stating the obvious? NPR's Elizabeth Blair profiles David Wolfe, one of the most respected trend forecasters in the business.
Thursday, Sept. 18
Some clothing designers are watching this week's fashion shows in New York with an eye to knocking off their competitors' designs. The fashion business is rife with unauthorized copying, but it's relatively free of infringement lawsuits seen in the music industry. NPR's Rick Karr reports.
Friday, Sept. 19
Why do women have a "thing" for shoes? The consequences of wearing these mega-buck, mega-high-inched stilettos often include a trip to a podiatric surgeon for enhancements to better wear those unnatural foot wraps (the price one pays for looking fabulous). Karen Michel reports.
Sept. 16, 2003: Fall Fashions with Vogue's André Leon Talley
Sept. 12, 2003: Textile Manufacturing Shifts Overseas
Aug. 28, 2003: 'What Not to Wear'
Aug. 11, 2003: Watching 'Tweens' Go Shopping
Aug. 5, 2003: Marilyn Monroe's Plus-Size Body Myth
March 21, 2003: Oscar Fashion
Jan. 28, 2003: A Biography of Ralph Lauren
Jan. 24, 2003: American Sweatshops, Here and Abroad
Dec. 17, 2002: Commentary: Feed the Models
Nov. 5, 2002: Fashion in Film
Oct. 29, 2002: Biography of fashion editor Diana Vreeland
Oct. 21, 2002: Hip Hop Fashion
Sept. 14, 2002: Underwear Through the Ages
June 13, 2002: Remembering Bill Blass
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