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- FASHION WARRIORS: The fashion industry is no place for sissies — just ask the folks at London’s National Army Museum in Chelsea. On Feb. 7-8, the museum will stage “Dressed to Kill,” a couture-meets-combat exhibition that examines how military styles have influenced British designers and how fashion trends have affected military dress over the centuries. “We plan to demonstrate how military designs influenced the dress worn by London’s lords and ladies during the Napoleonic Wars, and how Forties ski wear formed the basis for the battle dress worn by British soldiers at D-Day,” said a museum spokeswoman. “Military fashions have influenced British designs and vice versa for centuries.” The event will feature displays from the museum’s uniform collection, a presentation of one fashion student’s military-influenced designs, and a catwalk show.
- TIFFANY’S NEW STORE: Tiffany & Co. is planning to open its first Minnesota store. This summer, the Fifth Avenue jeweler will land at the Galleria mall in Edina, with a 5,400-square-foot unit. The new store will offer Tiffany’s assortment of fine and engagement jewelry and watches, accessories, china and crystal, as well as designs by Elsa Peretti, Paloma Picasso and Jean Schlumberger.
- DISNEY ALUM TO GAP: Another Disney executive is heading to Gap Inc. The San Francisco-based retailer said Wednesday it tapped Cynthia Harriss, 51, as president of its outlet division reporting to Gap chief executive and president Paul Pressler. She starts Feb. 9 and replaces Neal Goldberg, who resigned in November. Harriss most recently was president of the Disneyland Resort division of The Walt Disney Co. where she oversaw Disneyland and California Adventure parks, three Disney hotels and the retail, dining and entertainment center Downtown Disney. She resigned in October. Prior to that, she served as senior vice president of stores for The Disney Store, where she oversaw growth to 460 store locations from 140. Prior to joining Disney in 1992, she spent 19 years with the now-defunct Paul Harris Stores in various positions, including general merchandise manager and senior vice president of stores. Harriss worked with Pressler when he was chairman of the Disneyland division. The Gap outlet division operates more than 200 outlet stores and sells products made exclusively for the division in addition to merchandise from full-line Gap stores.