FASHION NOTES

CHASING TIFFANY: To celebrate its 160th anniversary, Tiffany & Co. presented “Tiffany Makers: A Salute to Craftsmanship,” an exhibition launched in New York that was displayed at Tiffany’s Phipps Plaza store Sept. 9-28.
The exhibition included a behind-the-scenes look at the workmanship behind the company’s jewelry, flatware and china. Original design drawings, tools of the trade and works in progress were presented alongside finished pieces. Craftsmen were on hand to demonstrate silver “chasing,” a 4,000-year-old process for delicately ornamenting silver. Unlike engraving, chasing displaces, rather than removes, the metal for ornate designs.
Ed Wawrynek, Tiffany’s vice president of communications, gave informal talks on company history and demonstrated several antique pieces, including a silver tea service, circa 1873. In jewelry trends, Wawrynek noted a demand for platinum, particularly without stones.
Tiffany’s opened Sept. 18, 1837, selling $4.98 of merchandise on its opening day. Today, the company posts $1 billion in worldwide sales.

BOBBIN COMPETITION: Student designers from 60 American fashion design colleges were challenged to design uniforms from plastics and industrial and home fabrics for the Bobbin Design Inspiration Fashion Show and Competition.
Contestants were required to use fabrics produced by exhibitors at the Bobbin Show, an annual machinery, technology and fabric/textile show held Sept. 23-26 at the Georgia World Congress Center.
The theme, “A Uniform for the New Millennium,” featured four categories: Fast Food, Air Travel, Transportation and Hospitality, with 15 participants in each division.
Highlights included a flight attendant’s uniform — a coat with wide sleeves representing wings, with an appliqued skirt featuring a plane and a hat-shaped propeller — and fast-food uniform — a three-piece skirt, shorts and top set of gingham checks with lobster prints.
The contest was judged by G.M. Benstock, chairmen and ceo of Superior Uniform Group, a division of Superior Surgical Manufacturing Co. Inc.; Margaret M. Sorensen, contributing editor, British Vogue, and Kaye Davis, fashion director of the Atlanta Apparel Mart.

MACY’S FALL FASHION SHOW: “Fall 1997, Feels so right” was the theme of a Macy’s, Lenox Square in-store fashion show fund-raiser, held Sept. 18 to benefit the Georgia Council on Child Abuse.
The show featured fall women’s better sportswear, including such labels as Ralph Lauren, Jones New York, Karen Kane, Liz Claiborne, Finity, Tommy Hilfiger, Evan-Picone, Rimini, INC and M.T. Studio. Celebrity models included Kimberly Kennedy of WXIA TV-Channel 11, Steve McCoy of STAR-94FM, Donna Lowry of WXIA TV-Channel 11, and author and television personality Cynthia Good.
“Return to dressing for work,” said Lisa Sotir, special events director, describing the primary theme of the show. “The one piece you need to buy for fall is a suit.”
The show drew 150 guests, including supporters of the Georgia Council of Child Abuse, a nationwide operation involving 44 employees statewide, 42 local networking centers and 4,000 volunteers.

AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPO: The first annual African-American designer/apparel expo will take place Nov. 14-16 at the Atlanta Apparel Mart. The event was sponsored by For Our Cultural Urban Solutions (FOCUS), an Atlanta-based organization to encourage black economic development.
The event, which will include fashion shows, exhibitions and seminars, is designed to “educate, showcase and raise consciousness” on buying black, with advice on how blacks can break into the fashion industry.
For information on sponsorship or exhibition packages, contact Gregory Lewis at 770-797-9302.

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