DENIM DISH

SHULMAN TO SASSON: Michael Shulman has been named to the new post of vice president for merchandising at Sasson Licensing Corp., the New York-based denim and junior apparel company.
Shulman, who will report to Sasson president Linda Elton, had been director of denim for Charming Shoppes. In his new post, he will oversee merchandising for the men's, women's, children's and accessories collections.

CALDOR'S JEANS ON PARADE: August marks the start of back-to-school sales. Norwalk, Conn.-based Caldor has started its promotions with flyers advertising Brittania, Chic and Wrangler brand jeans for women, men and children, from $13.88 to $15.88.

THE ART OF DENIM: "The History of Jeans from 1750 to the Present" is the name of a major exhibit at Paris's Musee de la Mode et du Costume-Palais Galliera that is slated to open Oct. 25 and run through March 12, 1995.
The chronological exhibit will include antique fabric samples, clothes in denim and denim's predecessor fabrics, and examples of jeans as a fashion item from the second half of this century.
The oldest item displayed will be an early 18th-century French men's suit, the fabric of which is woven with a white thread warp and blue thread weft. Another prize is a pair of brown cloth Levi Strauss pants dating from between 1876 and 1896. From more recent years, jeans will be displayed from designers or brands like MarithÄ & Francois Girbaud, Guess, Chanel Boutique and Vivienne Westwood.
Mini-previews of the exhibit will be staged at the SEHM men's wear show and the Pret-ê-Porter Paris women's wear show Sept. 2 to 5. Denim producer Uco Sportswear from Ghent, Belgium, is a major sponsor of the exhibit.
Denim seems to be the hot medium. The City Gallery of Contemporary Art in Raleigh, N.C., is mounting "The Free Denim Show." It will feature denim paintings by Brad Watkins, denim sculpture by Heath Satow and a line of denim clothing created by Victor Chu, a product design student at North Carolina State University. The show is scheduled to open Nov. 26.

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