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WOOL’S PHOTO OP: Wool as photographer’s muse? That’s the premise for an upcoming photography exhibition sponsored by The International Wool Secretariat (IWS), scheduled to coincide with London Fashion Week at the end of this month.
The exhibit, entitled, “Woolmark in Perspective: Five Photographers, Five Designers, One Mark,” will hang from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1 in the main aisle of the exhibition hall and will feature the work of five young British photographers, hand-picked by the IWS for the project.
Their instructions: to create two distinct images using wool as the subject. One offering is an abstract picture, the photographer’s interpretation of wool; the second pairs a prominent British fashion designer with one of the participating photographers. The designers will select an outfit in wool from their own spring 1998 collections as the photographers’ subjects.
Participating design firms are Clements Riberio, Pearce Fionda, Sonja Nuttall, Paul Smith and Antonio Baradi. Participating photographers are Gavin Bond, Katerina Jebb, Barnaby & Scott, Sandro Sodano and Fleur Olby, whose image of an ice cube wrapped in strands of wool was featured in IWS’s Cool Wool promotion earlier this year.

FOREIGN POLICY: Mary T. O’Rourke, vice president of Strategic Services for consultant Werner International, will discuss textile markets in the Far East and Caribbean at a meeting of the New York Textile Group Thursday at the Union League Club in New York.

TEXFI MOVE: The blends division of Texfi Industries has opened a sales and marketing office in San Francisco. Ken Bullard, an account executive in New York, will relocate to the new office. He reports to Gerry Rubinfeld, president of Texfi Blends.

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