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Farewell To Designer Janine Templeton

(Filed Under Fashion News). BODY magazine and the intimate apparel industry would like to bid a fond farewell to Janine Templeton, 35, an accomplished designer who died last week.

Though young, Templeton had years of experience in the fashion industry. She joined sexy lingerie company Dreamgirl International in 1997 and was the only designer there until Christopher Scharff bought the company in 2003. Though Scharff hired more designers, Templeton stayed on board as head designer until 2007, creating many costumes that are still in the catalog and several that are still bestsellers, said Dreamgirl sales representative Eric Ehrens.

Templeton, called "Nini" by friends, joined the team at sexy lingerie firm Escante just three weeks ago as costume designer, said company president Eduardo Kuri. She was poised to go on a trip to Europe with Kuri to observe the industry there.

"She was very talented and this is a big loss, not only to Escante, but as a person," Kuri said. "I was very surprised about her death and I only hope she rests in peace."

"She was a delight; she was terrific, really terrific," said Ehrens, who worked with Templeton since the day she joined Dreamgirl. "She was a smart designer, and very talented, and she really was a pleasure to work with."

Templeton's parents Tom and Ardis Templeton said their daughter knew she wanted to be a fashion designer since she was 5 years old. In 1995, the Pennsylvania native graduated magna cum laude from New York's prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology, where she was chosen to attend the famed international fashion institute Esmod in Paris.

Before joining Dreamgirl, she interned at DKNY and held positions at major ready-to-wear labels Bill Blass and Norton McNaughton (now part of Jones Apparel Group).

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Published 10-14-2008 by Raquel Christie

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