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Women, Cancer and Fashion; Philadelphia Designer Teams with Fox Chase Cancer Center Doctor

PHILADELPHIA (March 2, 2001) -- Paula Hian defines the art of wearable geometry, but now the awarding-winning designer has found a new angle in which to take her fashion flair -- breast cancer awareness. On March 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in her Manayunk studio at 106 Gay Street, Hian teams up with Fox Chase Cancer Center for a benefit showing of her Spring 2001 collection, "The Symmetry of Spring" (

Hian's friendship with Dr. Barbara Fowble at Fox Chase led to this unique union, bringing fashion and breast cancer awareness full-circle.

"The way a woman feels about the way she looks can be extremely important to her while going through breast cancer treatment and recovery," explains Dr. Fowble, a radiation oncologist at Fox Chase. "This special evening gives me the opportunity to talk about breast cancer issues, including the benefits of fashion for women undergoing cancer treatment."

Before the fashion show, Fowble will take the stage at about 6:45 p.m. with a humorous, yet serious discussion about women, cancer and fashion.

Hian's dramatic and alluring collection runs the gamut from day to evening. Wearable geometry is the context through which the designer works. Highlights include a strapless black jersey dress with a contoured hemline and a wide bank of silver paillettes running down the front, conjuring an evening of all out glamour.

Born on Philadelphia's Main Line, Hian has childhood diaries filled with drawing that show there is one thing in life that she was meant to do- become a fashion designer. By age five, she was sketching dresses and creating patterns. By age 10, she was outfitting herself in the very first Paula Hian Signature collection.

Three decades later, Hian is still living her dream. She designs and manufactures four lines using fine imported fabrics from France and Italy. The clothes are sold in her retail boutique in the space below her Manayunk studio, providing her customers with the invaluable benefit of her personal attention when buying her clothes.

Stargazers at the Academy Awards this year may catch a glimpse of Paula Hian's Signature Collection fitted on Hollywood's rich and famous. She's already captured the attention of celebrities such as Brooke Shields, Jennifer Aniston, Leeza Gibbons, Christine Baranski and Alana Stewart, as well as Philadelphia news personalities Pat Ciarrocchi, Max Vierra and Sianni Lee.

Dr. Barbara L. Fowble is clinical director of the radiation oncology department and associate director of the Breast Evaluation Center at Fox Chase Cancer Center. She is internationally known for her expertise in breast cancer.

The organizing chair for this benefit fashion show is Marcia Rosen of Blue Bell, Pa., a Fox Chase Cancer Center volunteer who dedicates countless hours to the mission of the Center.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, one of the nation's first comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974, conducts basic and clinical research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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