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City's fashion push lacks legs

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In 2006 City Hall established a fashion advisory council to carry out Mayor Daley's goal of making Chicago a player on the international fashion scene.

Three years and $1.3 million in taxpayer funds later, the city remains a fashion backwater. The council has no business plan and lacks even the limited starpower that Chicago's few fashionistas might bring.

Can Chicago ever crack the elite ranks of global fashion, alongside New York, Paris or Milan? Or is this just a mayoral pipe dream? Crain's puts those questions to the city's most fashionable. Check it out.

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Marie P. Anderson, who just started a modeling agency here, says Chicago lacks the sophistication to grab the fashion world's eye. Photo by STEPHEN J. SERIO



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