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Summer 1999 Fashion and Art Features


Barbara Chen Sculpture

From Radiance Summer 1999

Barbara Chen is a self-taught professional sculptor in Washington state. She launched her "Music Series" of abundant female bronze sculptures in 1995. It has gained recognition in Europe and Asia as well as in the United States, garnering many awards. Barbara’s collectors come from all walks of life and include both serious art collectors and first-time buyers. Says Barbara, "One of the most satisfying parts of my work is hearing my collectors tell me that my work brings them joy each day."

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A. Duet: bronze, 14" tall. 1997 Barbara Chen; Limited edition of thirty-six.
B. Eve II: bronze, 18" tall. 1998 Barbara Chen; Limited edition of ten.
C. Abbondanza: bronze, 8" tall. 1995 Barbara Chen; Limited edition of ten.
D. Nocturne: bronze, 40" tall. 1997 Barbara Chen; Limited edition of eight.
E. Minuet: bronze, 22" tall. 1998 Barbara Chen; Limited edition of fifteen

To contact Barbara Chen Sculpture telephone 509-627-2396, fax 509-627-1049, e-mail barbarachen@worldnet.att.net, or write to her at 4405 S. Toro Road, Kennewick, WA 99338.


Abundance wanted to share their beautiful store with Radiance readers, so this issue’s photo shoot was done with the store as a backdrop, and with Coco & Juan, one of their favorite L.A. designers, with the Radiance woman in mind.


Abundance features Coco & Juan: All garments shown here were created by Coco & Juan for the plus and supersize woman.

A. Abundance owner Michele in a fabulous two-pocket, A-line jumper (cotton/linen blend) in over-dyed denim blue, $98, to 6X (86" hip). The jumper is also available in a natural linen mix. Top: a short-sleeved, classic white cotton T-shirt, $40, to 6X. Tee also available in cream and black.

B. Button-down, long-sleeved Picasso big tops with two pockets, $85, to 6X (84" bust & hip). In black/white combo (rayon/poly) and red (100% polyester). Also available in linen: in black, gray, white, cocoa; and solid black jacquard. Shown with stretch pants of cotton/Lycra, by Gloria Thornton, $55, 1X-6X, in black, navy, gray, burgundy.

C. Our two favorite Coco & Juan dresses—Super flattering bias dress (yellow) worn with the sleeveless long vest. Each piece is $132, 1X to 3X. The one piece Scotty dress (mink/light brown) with hidden pockets gives the illusion of an overtunic. $185, to 4X (66" bust , 86" hips). All three pieces are available in mink or yellow as shown, as well as in white, black, iris pink, blue, aquamarine, and navy.

D. Coco & Juan created this rich trapeze top with bold stripes (that go the right way!) and subtle bias detailing. Each top is unique with mixed striped and checked fabrics in black, ivory, sage, peach, plum, and other signature C&J fabrications of rayon acetate. $98, to 6X (74" bust, 88" hips).

Abundance, almost a year old, pampers the plus- and supersize woman. Catering to women sizes 14 to 36, they offer easy career dressing, related separates, and special-occasion fashions to help the abundant woman look and feel her best. The customer is queen at Abundance, where the name reflects owner Michele Varon’s philosophy: there is a plentiful supply of all good things given to us by the creator of the universe.

Visit them in Los Angeles. Stop in after a stressful day, and delight in the sensual atmosphere of quiet calm and lavish personal attention from their attentive sales associates. Browse through their selection of beauty and bath products, scented candles, and other unique gifts. They’re at 13604 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. You can purchase the designs in this issue (as well as others from their store) by calling 818-990-6128, e-mail at AbundanceS@aol.com, on the web at http://www.abundanceplussizes.com.

Love Your Peaches

Love Your Peaches is a mail-order catalog that was started in 1996 by designer Janelle Bonlie. Peaches specializes in unusual, hard-to find fabrics and styles for the plus-size woman who likes to stand out in a crowd. Every item in the catalog is available in sizes 1X (12/14) to 6X (34/36).

Love Your Peaches

A. This is one of many bikini styles available from Peaches. The tops and bottoms of all their two-piece suits are sold separately, so you can mix and match sizes, colors, and styles to your heart’s content. Shown is top #T10 and bottom B4 in coral and pink, for $70. (Prices start at $70 for a two-piece set.)

B. Simply sexy! Slide into this scoop neck tank dress of silky rayon jersey (90% rayon/10% Lycra) and create a sensation wherever you go! This dress is perfect for the hot summer days and nights! Comes in black, chocolate, royal blue, red, cream, and white, $100, 1X-6X.

C. You’ll feel like royalty in this dress because of its extremely full lined skirt of satin stripe chiffon (100% polyester). The bodice is a silky rayon jersey (90% rayon/10% Lycra) with a satin ribbon lace-up detail. Comes in cream and black, $160, 1X-6X.

D. Introducing one-piece swimsuits! Shown is style #M1 in baby blue tie-dye, along with separate single-hook skirt in the same fabric. Suit is $70, skirt is $35.

The spring/summer 1999 line features an expanded swimwear selection, as well as clothing in a variety of fabrics, such as lace, washable linen, cotton gauze, satin chiffon, and stretch vinyl. Treat yourself to something a little different, and request the free, 32-page color catalog. Phone toll-free 888-274-7499 or 914-235-4065. Write to Love Your Peaches, 50 Webster Ave., 4th Floor, New Rochelle, NY 10801. Visit their online catalog at http://www.loveyourpeaches.com.

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