Janice Dickinson was one of America’s first major supermodels. Known for her long legs and brunette locks, the New York City-native acted as the face of fashion throughout the ’70s and ’80s. At the onset of her career, young Dickinson was turned down by a number of modeling agencies who considered her look to be too different from the mainstream. Her tanned complexion and dark eyes were not necessarily in line with the desirable all-American look which was popularized during that time. Ultimately, the renowned Whilmenia Cooper took Dickinson under her wing as the young model’s first agent. She went
Photography Emma Dudlyke. Images courtesy of Ilana Blumberg
Being a young, independent fashion designer was hard enough before the pandemic, but things have now become even tougher for those on the career path. What were already unstable financial situations have become even more precarious, direct access to materials and specialist equipment is extremely limited and, with an economic crisis looming, stockists are proving increasingly conservative when it comes to supporting new talent.
This season, the British Fashion Council is charging a fee to be on their online directory of brands showing at London Fashion Week — something that many small