Fashionistas across Canada will shed a tear today with news that that Fashion Television will cease production after 27 years on-air. When word broke this morning I certainly felt my fashion obsessed heart break. As far back as I can remember, Fashion Television has always existed. I can clearly remember many of my childhood Sunday afternoons spent watching FT and being marveled by the extravagant and luxurious designs that graced the runways. It is certainly the end of an era in Canadian Fashion and Television. Host, Jeanne Beker, has always pushed the boundaries during her time at Fashion Television and has shown over the years that she supports women of all shapes and sizes. Which she will continue to do so through her line of clothing EDIT by Jeanne Beker which launch September of 2010 at The Bay, is available at more than 65 stores across Canada and comes in plus sizes.
Here is an excerpt from The National Post explaining the new:
News first leaked out Wednesday morning via a tweet from FT host Beker that read: “This dream is over: After 27 glorious years, FT production ceased today. So sad to see some of my closest colleagues move on.” (She later added she was “looking forward to working with Bellmedia + evolving the FT brand.”)
A spokesman for Bell Media later confirmed the news, telling the Post in an email that “production on Fashion Television has been suspended; the company thanks founding producer Jay Levine for his dedication to the series for more than two decades and wishes him well in his future endeavours. The series remains on the air.
“The iconic Jeanne Beker remains with Bell Media and the company looks forward to an exciting future with her, including the development of new projects. Bell Media remains committed to the fashion genre and will continue to grow FashionTelevisionChannel to deliver a broader appeal for viewers, advertisers, and distributors.”
The weekly half-hour series was originally launched on Citytv, where it quickly grew into the station’s most widely syndicated show, with viewers in more than 130 countries. Since then, the show has spawned its own digital channel, launched in 2001, and amassed interviews with such leading style icons as Karl Legerfeld, Betsey Johnson and the late Alexander McQueen. - The National Post
And with that, we say farewell.
xo Killer Kurves