By  on March 29, 2010

DALLAS — Kim Dawson, who founded the first modeling agency here and became a seminal figure in the local fashion industry, died Thursday at a hospice in Dallas. She was 85 and had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for more than a decade.

Born in Center, Tex., Dawson walked runways in New York and Europe before returning to Texas in the late Forties to do informal modeling in the tea rooms of Neiman Marcus and now-defunct Sanger Harris in Dallas, said her daughter, Lisa Dawson. In 1959, she launched the Kim Dawson Agency by offering to coordinate models for the stores for a small commission.

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