13 Dot sees the sights of Paris in style She never wears the same clothes twice, and she has been known to wear 62 different outfits in two weeks. Young and pretty, independent and good at heart, 13 Dot - the legendary cartoon character and fashion icon - was the role model of a modern woman in the then rapidly-developing Hong Kong in the 1960s. And she still is. Little 13 Dot has changed over the decades, but only to become even more modern and style conscious. Forty-two years after the debut of 13 Dot comic, her creator Theresa Lee Wai-chun has written 13 Dot in Love with Paris, which is already in stores. The book is an alternative tourist guide in which 13 Dot introduces scenic spots in Paris, following Lee's trip to the French capital sponsored by the French Government Tourist Office. 'My mother always called me 13 Dot; it's a Shanghainese term referring to girls who are bouncy and mischievous. It naturally came to mind when I first drew the cartoon character,' recounts Lee. 13 Dot became an instant hit when it was first released in 1966. At its peak, circulation reached 90,000 in 1970. It was regarded as a fashion guideline for many young women before its demise in 1980. Now Lee has learned multimedia technology skills to keep 13 Dot up-to-date in the latest book. 'It was a painful process at first; once I forgot to click 'Save' and lost the file I had worked on for hours. But I didn't give up. 'This time I scanned real clothes of different colours and patterns to create outfits for her. As a result all the clothing in the new book is more realistic. And I'm happy to see that my works are becoming more beautiful with the advance of technology. But still I find hand drawing most satisfying.' Apart from learning the technical skills, Lee always pays attention to current affairs and new ideas. 'I'm nosy and curious. I'm eager to look at all news things. I do not only observe how people dress these days, but I also look at science breakthroughs like the cloned sheep. All these give me tremendous ideas for creation.' To some, 13 Dot comics mean more than entertainment. 'Decades ago we did not have much fashion material. 13 Dot opened the window to the fashion world to me. It showed me fashion design is not only fantasy but something that I can achieve in real life,' said renowned fashion designer William Tang Tat-chi. 'I think there has been no other fashion icon comparable to 13 Dot, not even in an international aspect. Barbie is world-known, but it only appeals to children.' Lee's work from the past four decades is on display at the World Trade Centre until end of this month. 'In recent years there have been some interesting local comics with unique styles such as the McDull series. However, many artists have been influenced by Japanese manga. I hope the exhibition will encourage local designs among the younger generation,' says Lee.