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Fashion grads from Asia have their New York moment

Published on Sep 8, 2012 4:14 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - There's nothing glamorous about ironing your own collection before a show at New York fashion week, but if that's what it takes for Ms Jie Jessie Liu to break into the business, she'll do it.

Ms Liu was among nine jury-selected master's degree graduates - all women - from San Francisco's Academy of Art University fashion school whose creations Friday got the kind of runway exposure usually reserved for top designers.

Five of the newly-minted designers hailed from Asia, underscoring the region's rise as a fashion power, and Friday's well-attended show was a prized opportunity to be spotted by international buyers, talent scouts and journalists.

"This is a way for them to be seen across the globe," said university spokesman Edith Mead Barker.

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