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Gina Fratini obituary 8 Jun 8:24am Gina Fratini obituary
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Dress designer who specialised in flattering, flowing garments that attracted princesses among her clienteleTextiles were not what fashion was about in the first half of the 1960s, when an adequately outrageous outfit could be extracted from a short, narrow length of Acrilan, Dicel or Bri-Nylon. That was not the style of Gina Fratini, who has died aged 85; her interest was in the stuffs themselves, preferably natural fibres, in quantity. She became a professional designer in 1964 and was ready with bolts of cotton and silk as skimpiness in synthetics peaked and lost novelty around 1967. Fratini then became an important player in a London-based, fabric-intensive, fantasy style over the next few years when it was unremarkable to go about daily business dressed as an illustration by
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The salt-and-pepper pound: where are all the fiftysomething models? 8 Jun 1:13am The salt-and-pepper pound: where are all the fiftysomething models?
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From 73-year-old Lauren Hutton for Calvin Klein to 88-year-old Daphne Selfe, older models are finally getting work with major fashion brands. But the absence of middle-aged models to bridge the gap makes it feel like just another fad When I first started blogging as
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