Fashion: Turn On, Turn Off

Diana Dew, 23, wears spurs, subsists on brown rice, and has a boy friend called Medulla Oblongata who blows oud for an acid-rock combo known as the Gurus. She is also, as of five months ago, a designer for the far-out Paraphernalia boutique chain. And so quickly do things happen in the mod, mod world of fashion that she has already been hailed as a major innovator, and last week was the hit of the show at Paraphernalia's Manhattan workshop.

What Diana has done—and nobody thought of doing before—is to make dresses that switch on and off. By using pliable...

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