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Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani today unveiled the first of eight plaque installations of the Fashion Walk of Fame. The Walk is located on Seventh Avenue between 39th and 40th Streets. The Mayor joined George Kaufman, President and Chairman of the Fashion Center Business Improvement District, and Executive Director Barbara Randall, for the outdoor ceremony.
"The Fashion Walk of Fame again shows that New York City is the Fashion Capital of the World," Mayor Giuliani said. "Many of the top designers call New York home and their contributions to the world of style boost our economy and provide some of spark and creativity which makes New York City so alluring. I would like to thank the Fashion Center Business Improvement District for making this happen and congratulate them on this achievement."
Barbara Randall, Executive Director, of the BID said, "The Fashion Walk of Fame is a visible way that fashion can take its rightful place among New York City's tourist attractions-celebrating the great designers whose talent has helped shape and define style in America and around the world. "
The four living and four deceased designers will be inducted into the Walk
of Fame are, respectively: Geoffrey Beene; Bill Blass; Calvin Klein; Ralph Lauren;
Rudi Gernreich; Halston; Claire McCardell; and Norman Norell.
Bronze plaques set in black granite squares will feature each designer's name and a sketch of one of their creations.
The criteria for selection are American designers who have had a clear and significant New York presence; owned their business for at least ten years; and were moving forces in the fashion industry, having made a powerful impact on fashion through either innovative design or the use of materials or significantly influenced the way America dresses. The inductees were selected from a panel of 46 finalists.