It's lights, camera, action for the first crop of graduates from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh's fashion design program.
Four students, Elizabeth Stephens, Kayla Bannon, Allison Bailey and Elaine Healy, showcased on Friday their portfolio collections at a fashion show at the Mansions on Fifth, Shadyside. Their designs were evaluated by a panel of industry professionals, such as designer Kiya Tomlin and Pittsburgh Magazine style editor Reese Randall.
Crowds were treated to four diverse takes on fashion ranging from lingerie and casual wear to more sophisticated, formal looks. Ms. Bailey earned the title of most marketable collection, and Ms. Healy won the most creative collection and best overall collection awards.
Students who complete the fashion design program, which can be done in three years, earn a bachelor's degree. The interest in the program and the quality of the faculty who teach for it have grown during its short life.
"I don't hire anyone who hasn't worked in the industry," said department chair Stephanie Taylor.
The student body, mostly made up of people from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, also continues to increase each quarter, Ms. Taylor said, with enrollment at nearly 80 students.
More from the Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...
Pittsburgh to hold its first Style Week in August: On Aug. 7-11, a series of fashion-focused events, will take place across the city in the attempt to stimulate support for Pittsburgh's boutique community. It will open with a champagne/cocktail party, where fashion, of course, will be featured. There also will be a "superwomen in heels" event at the Pittsburgh Urban Winery, which will bring together Pittsburgh women having an impact in fashion and business for a night of networking. Other events include a boutique crawl, a retrospective fashion show spotlighting styles from the 1970s through today and a beauty boot camp.
"We hope this will help retailers to really connect in a way that they haven't been able to before," said organizer Wadria Taylor, founder and CEO of Style and Steel event planning.
Ms. Taylor said she is working with Pittsburgh Fashion Week founder Miyoshi Anderson to help make Style Week a platform for generating excitement for Fashion Week, which will run Sept. 23-29. The difference between the two events is that Pittsburgh Fashion Week is more about showcasing fashion through large runway shows, while Style Week Pittsburgh's goal is to connect consumers and retailers with the city's brands and boutiques, Ms. Taylor said.
Information: pittsburghstyleweek.wordpress.com or on the Style Week Pittsburgh Facebook page.
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Proposed legislation to improve work conditions for child models in New York: Tutors and chaperones on set for actors younger than 18 has become standard practice, but that isn't always the case for children who model for print campaigns or runway shows. Legislation proposed by New York state Sen. Jeffrey Klein, in collaboration with the Model Alliance, would give child models similar benefits to other child performers, including chaperones, tutors and trust accounts, if passed.
Sarah Jessica Parker to launch shoe collection; Marchesa to partner with Revlon: The "Sex and the City" star is channeling her inner Carrie to design a fashion-forward shoe line with Manolo Blahnik CEO George Malkemus. The pumps and flats will be available exclusively at Nordstrom next year for $200 to $300. She also will design bags, which will go for less than $700.
Marchesa has signed on to create three beauty collections for the cosmetics powerhouse, starting with embossed 3-D nail art strips, according to Women's Wear Daily. Expect the brand's signature red carpet glamour from its dress line to carry over to its cosmetics.
Miss World pageant eliminates bikini contest: Contestants in this year's pageant will trade in their skimpy bikinis for long sarongs. The change comes because the pageant will be held Sept. 28 in Jakarta, Indonesia, and organizers do not want to offend members of the country's conservative religious cultures.
For more from PG fashion writer Sara Bauknecht, check out the PG's Stylebook blog at www.post-gazette.com/stylebook. Follow her on Twitter @SaraB_PG. To have a fashion or style event considered for Stylebook, send listing to email@example.com. First Published June 11, 2013 4:00 AM