A model wears a creation for Issey Miyake's Spring-Summer 2017 Ready to Wear fashion collection presented Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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It is just not done," said model Ty Ogunkoya as catwalk stars crisscrossed Paris for fashion week.In his decade as a top model, the 26-year-old Nigerian-born Londoner has never once permitted himself a grin. Fashion historian Lydia Kamitsis said it was not always so. The vogue for expressionless models is actually very recent, she said, dating from the rise of the Japanese designers Yohji Yamamoto and Commes des Garcon in the early '80s.Anthropologist Leyla Neri, the director of fashion at the New School Parsons Paris, agreed.She dates the first appearance of moody, often scowling models to Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin in the '60s.Every few years, however, iconoclasts like French designer Jean Paul Gaultier send models out smiling.Indian creator Manish Arora also cheers things up by casting his bohemian friends. And several models ended up beaming through British designer Paul Smith's last Paris menswear show.Villot, who took part in that show but didn't dare a smile, said models are often afraid to look too happy in case they end up looking ridiculous.
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