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 for fashion plate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fashion \Fash"ion\, n. [OE. fasoun, facioun, shape, manner, F.
     facon, orig., a making, fr. L. factio a making, fr. facere to
     make. See Fact, Feat, and cf. Faction.]
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     1. The make or form of anything; the style, shape,
        appearance, or mode of structure; pattern, model; as, the
        fashion of the ark, of a coat, of a house, of an altar,
        etc.; workmanship; execution.
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              The fashion of his countenance was altered. --Luke
                                                    ix. 29.
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              I do not like the fashion of your garments. --Shak.
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     2. The prevailing mode or style, especially of dress; custom
        or conventional usage in respect of dress, behavior,
        etiquette, etc.; particularly, the mode or style usual
        among persons of good breeding; as, to dress, dance, sing,
        ride, etc., in the fashion.
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              The innocent diversions in fashion.   --Locke.
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              As now existing, fashion is a form of social
              regulation analogous to constitutional government as
              a form of political regulation.       --H. Spencer.
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     3. Polite, fashionable, or genteel life; social position;
        good breeding; as, men of fashion.
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     4. Mode of action; method of conduct; manner; custom; sort;
        way. "After his sour fashion." --Shak.
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     After a fashion, to a certain extent; of a sort; sort of.
     Fashion piece (Naut.), one of the timbers which terminate
        the transom, and define the shape of the stern.
     Fashion plate, a pictorial design showing the prevailing
        style or a new style of dress.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fashion plate
      n 1: a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
           [syn: dandy, dude, fop, gallant, sheik, beau,
           swell, fashion plate, clotheshorse]
      2: a plate illustrating the latest fashion in dress

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  39 Moby Thesaurus words for "fashion plate":
     Beau Brummel, arbiter of fashion, beau, blade, blood, boulevardier,
     clotheshorse, clubman, clubwoman, coxcomb, dandy, deb, debutante,
     dude, exquisite, fashionable, fine gentleman, fop, fribble,
     gallant, jack-a-dandy, jackanapes, lady-killer, macaroni,
     man-about-town, masher, mondain, mondaine, puppy, socialite, spark,
     sport, subdeb, subdebutante, swell, swinger, taste-maker,
     tone-setter, trend-setter

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