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"I'm delighted to see the Clinton administration making an effort to support American fashion," said James Mischka.<BR><BR>"It's an industry that's been suffering for several years, and it's good to get this support," added Mischka's partner, Mark...

“I’m delighted to see the Clinton administration making an effort to support American fashion,” said James Mischka.

“It’s an industry that’s been suffering for several years, and it’s good to get this support,” added Mischka’s partner, Mark Badgley.

Badgley and Mischka were among the designers honored in Washington the other night at the annual Salute to American Fashion Designers followed by a party hosted by Commerce Secretary Ron Brown.

The salute also featured a fashion show in the Grand Foyer of the Commerce Department. The main topic of conversation: ways to boost U.S. apparel sales abroad.

Other honorees were Mark Eisen, Cynthia Rowley, Randolph Duke, Lauren Sara, Tracy Reese, Maria Snyder, Kenneth Richard, Pamela Dennis, Alexander Julian, Mary McFadden, Wayne James and Betsy Johnson.

There was also talk of taking a U.S. designer fashion show on the road. Nicholas Hahn, president and chief executive of Cotton Incorporated, said he thought Mexico City would be a good place to start.