The intimate relationship between music and fashion in today’s popular culture is no secret. But what perhaps isn’t widely known is that the head of one of the nexuses of that relationship — MTV Networks — actually started in the fashion business.

Tom Freston, chairman and chief executive of MTV Networks, ran a clothing operation out of India and Afghanistan for eight years in the 1970s. "Long before the Taliban was putting women in burkas in Kabul, we were there copying their peasant look and selling it to Bloomingdale’s and Bendel’s," said Freston, who returned to New York and joined the company that would become MTV in 1980. "I went from Kabul to cable and never looked back."

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