- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Under the motto “Be’Dazzled - Be You - Be Fabulous,” fashion designer and runway coach, Harvey Star Washington, presented his newest couture fashion line for full-figured women at Howard University’s Blackburn Center on Sunday.

Mr. Washington started producing high-fashion events in 1978, putting together more than 300 events across the country. In his shows, the fashion designer features garments, furs and accessories for women and men of all races, sizes, ages and lifestyles but lately has primarily focused on women wearing larger sizes.

Mr. Washington’s models work for free, they are not paid for their performance, but Mr. Washington says that “the value a model derives from being featured in one of my ‘Experts the Image’ productions is priceless - beyond money can buy.”

Says Mr. Washington, “Women and people of color grow up in a world that looks upon them as inferior. As a result, many lack self-confidence and can appreciate the benefits of having an opportunity to shine. Others who have overcome the negative stigma enjoy presenting how magnificant they truly are!”

This applies especially to women who a full-figured, he says.

Many of his models debut during his shows, and for some of them the dream of becoming a professional model becomes reality after being trained by Mr. Washington.

The show drew a mostly black crowd of around 200 men and women to Howard University.

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