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HOW WE MET - SUSIE BICK AND BELLA FREUD

The model Susie Bick, 30, was born in Cheshire. At 14, she ran away from boarding school to New York, where she was discovered by a modelling agency. On her return to England, at 17, she became David Bailey's muse and began making a name as a model. She lives in north London with her dog.

The stuff of fantasy

First it was Jane Austen adaptations, now it's `Evita' - how small and large screens put ideas into designers' heads.

The east meets west end

They're young, hip, Japanese, designer-clad and London is their playground. Anna Minton reports

Sixth-formers, pull your designer socks up

'Clueless', Hollywood's latest teen movie, threatens to turn UK schoolgirls into Calvin Klein-clad, mobile-phone-toting trendoids. Tamsin Blanchard reports

Stitching up the higher ground

If we really are what we wear, the claim by fashion designers to be artists, darling, may not be absolutely fatuous. Susan Irvine on cultural cross-dressing

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IS THERE a "curse of Brintons" - or even of Vivienne Westwood? Last year, in a bold and unprecedented move, Brintons, the 200-year-old carpet manufacturer, teamed up, as the PR people put it, with dashing, youngish Vivienne Westwood. Together, the y designed a small range of clothes made of carpet for Brintons' first-ever advertising campaign.

Show gets to grips with the female form

An exhibition celebrating the corset opens today, proving beoynd doubt that dieting was once for wimps.

So way out, no way in: Tamsin Blanchard joins the terminally trendy in the queue for the cutting edge

THEY PASS EACH OTHER on the catwalk that is Soho's Old Compton Street, or meet in noisy coffee bars around Portobello Road.

Wild Westwood sets Paris show on fire

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD surpassed herself at the Paris ready-to- wear show last night with the highest shoulders, the tiniest waists, the biggest bottoms, the lowest decolettage, the sparkiest dress, and the only standing ovation this season. Even Suzy Menkes and Liz Tilberis - editors who have seen it all - stood to applaud the queen of Paris.

TELEVISION / Have you got that in a different colour?

PERHAPS it was a hangover from the final of the BBC Design awards on Tuesday, but it was difficult to look past the packaging yesterday. In 'Colorado Cowboy', one of Channel 4's True Stories, the fashion photographer Arthur Elgort transformed the faintly tawdry world of professional rodeo-riding into a monochrome hymn to American manhood. One of the great things about black-and-white film, at least for heroic documentarists, is that it is myopic about adverts, blind to the artificial colours of commerce. A Texaco sign looks as if it was taking time out from a Bruce Weber shoot for Calvin Klein jeans, while a fairground hot-dog contemplates life as a Henry Moore sculpture. And Bruce Ford, the champion rider at the centre of the film, wasn't above the odd designer touch himself. Pointing to a pair of fringed chaps that would have made Vivienne Westwood think twice, he explained that they could add at least 10 points to a judge's marking.

Style: Marx comes to the aid of the party: Philip Sallon, impresario of style, explains fashion's material base to fellow-clubber John Windsor

In the Seventies, to gain an alternative interpretation of popular culture, we harkened to pop groups: the Sex Pistols detected anarchy and gave us their observations about the future of the monarchy. In the Eighties and early Nineties, we looked to the catwalk: Vivienne Westwood paraded de-constructivist inside-out garments. We nodded sagely.
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