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TENCEL TIME: The first Tencel Global Fabric fair is scheduled for April 7-11 at Courtaulds Fibers Inc.’s New York office at 111 West 40th Street. The fair, which will be a twice-yearly event, will feature innovative applications for Tencel fiber in an assortment of fabrics from Europe, Asia and the U.S. as well as trend presentations by European trend analyst Sandy MacLennan. The fair is open to designers and manufacturers by appointment. To schedule an appointment, contact June Lauck at (212) 944-7400. In other Tencel news, Courtaulds is also launching on Wednesday an interactive Web site featuring the fiber. The address for the site is http://www.tencel.com.

ALL THE SEASONS: DuPont Tactel nylon is sponsoring an exhibit entitled “The Four Seasons” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute. The exhibit will take a historical perspective on dressing for the seasons and will also feature a gallery devoted to a “fifth” season, centering on man-made fibers and transseasonal fabrics that have become important factors in the concept of seasonless dressing. The show opens next Tuesday and will run through Aug. 17.

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