COUTURE LACE: Lace and embroidery have been star players in fashion recently, so the timing couldn’t be better for The French Federation of Laces and Embroideries to organize a runway show of French couture at the Plaza Hotel.
The event, a benefit for the Robin Hood Foundation, is scheduled for this evening and will feature a lineup of 60 couture looks from the fall collections shown in Paris last July from design houses such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Emanuel Ungaro, Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent, among others. The show will be followed by dinner at the French Consulate here.
“This is the first time that the French couturiers have agreed to lend their designs to the French Federation of Laces and Embroideries,” said Mick Fouriscot, general deputy of the federation. “It is also one of the very few group shows of French couture in New York,” she said. “It shows their appreciation of the creativity and knowledge of French embroiderers and lace makers, who have, over the years, with success and great pride, preserved their tradition and adapted to modernism.”
The designs, which were chosen for their use of French lace and embroidery, will be accessorized with diamond jewelry courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels, a sponsor of the evening. Solstiss, a French lace mill that supplies fabric to many of the couture designers, is also a sponsor. The Robin Hood Foundation, a New York charity, helps local children in need.
Bergdorf Goodman is also getting into the act today with Fifth Avenue window displays featuring lace looks.
CAD GRAD: Lana Weber of the University of Idaho was the first-place winner in the active sportswear category in the 1997 Computer-Integrated Textile Design Association CAD Scholarship Competition. Students from 24 schools entered presentation boards created on computer or CAD systems. Weber will receive a $3,500 scholarship. Jennifer Wagner of Drexel garnered second place and a $2,500 award, and Yun-Chen Lee of Parsons School of Design took third and a check for $1,000.
HIGH HONORS: George Vassilatos, a chemical engineer, has been named a DuPont Fellow by the chemical and fiber manufacturer. Vassilatos holds seven patents and has worked in product and process development in DuPont’s Dacron polyester, Lycra spandex, Kevlar and agricultural divisions.
RAYLON RELOCATES: Raylon Corp., a converter, has changed its address. Its offices are now at 1430 Broadway in New York.
CONFERENCE SLATED: “Managing Resources for Profitability” is the theme of the 1998 Beltwide Cotton Conference sponsored by the National Cotton Council. The parley is scheduled to be held Jan. 5-9 at the San Diego Marriott.
The NCC also announced the creation of the Journal of Cotton Science, a multidisciplinary, refereed publication that will be available only on the organization’s Web site, at http://www.cotton.org. The journal will offer cotton producers and researchers a central base of proven research findings.
ALAMAC DEAL DONE: WestPoint Stevens Inc. has completed the sale of its Alamac Knit Fabrics subsidiary to Dyersburg Corp. for $126 million.
The deal does not include Alamac receivables, which were about $42.2 million when plans for the sale were announced in July. Also, WestPoint retained a yarn mill in Whitmire, S.C., which will be transferred to WestPoint’s Home Fashion business as part of a 15 percent expansion of its sheeting product line.
Alamac produces 100 percent cotton and cotton blend knit fabrics for sportswear and activewear. Sales last year were $222 million.
With the sale of Alamac, all WestPoint’s business will be in consumer home furnishings.
TDA RELOCATES: The Textile Distributors Association has moved to 45 West 36th Street, New York, N.Y. 10018. The new telephone number is (212) 869-6300.
BRIGHT FUTURE: Jonathan D’Andries, a graduate of Dublin High School in Dublin, Ga., was the recipient of the first Excellence in Manufacturing Scholarship presented by the American Textile Manufacturers Institute. The award, which entitles the recipient to $2,500 a year for up to four years, recognizes qualified students who plan a career in the U.S. textile industry. D’Andries is attending the Georgia Institute of Technology this fall, where he plans to major in textile engineering.