Singapore calls the fashion police

25-Nov-2011 Intellasia | Reuters | 7:01 AM Print This Post

Eleven Singapore modelling agencies were fined for price-fixing on Wednesday and told their actions had hurt photographers, publishers and fashion labels in the city-state.

Singapore, a major Asian business and financial centre, is popular with fashionistas from across Southeast Asia and is the host of high-profile Asian fashion events such as the annual Audi Fashion Festival and Men’s Fashion Week.

The rate-fixing began in 2005 and continued until July 2009, the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) said in a statement.

“CCS found that the agencies had fixed prices on a wide variety of modelling services, including editorials, advertorials, fashion shows and media loading usage,” the competition watchdog said.

A model presents a creation by Leonard Paris during his Spring/Summer 2012 collection fashion show in Singapore November 13, 2011. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: FASHION)

The 11 agencies that were fined included Mannequin Studio, one of Singapore’s largest with over 200 models on its books, including former MTV host Nadya Hutagalung.


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