item 13 - Karen Bjornson interview, 2010 April 8

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Karen Bjornson interview, 2010 April 8


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Karen Bjornson is a fashion model who has worked in the industry for about 40 years. Born and raised in the Midwestern U.S., Bjornson began modeling in the 1970s when Halston hired her and she became a "house muse." Along with a few other chosen models, Bjornson traveled the world with Halston. The designer was not greedy and encouraged the young model to walk for other designers. Bjornson retired in 1989 to raise her daughters but returned to the runway in 2002, walking for Ralph Rucci. After the Rucci show, Bjornson rejoined the Ford Models agency and has continued to model.

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Karen Trivette is the Head of the Special Collections and College Archives at Fashion Institute of Technology.

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Karen Trivette interviews model Karen Bjornson for the Ford Model oral histories series. The interview explores Bjornson’s start in modeling, her interaction with Wilhelmina right out of high school, and even shares her personal romantic life. Bjornson discusses her most memorable modeling experiences and what it was like to work with designers such as Halston and Ralph Rucci.

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