Stylebook: Emphatics endures with exhibit at Heinz History Center

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The high-fashion women’‍s boutique Emphatics closed its doors earlier this year after 50 years of providing Pittsburgh with the pinnacle of first-class style.

Now the designer pieces by Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Issey Miyake and others that owners James and Karin Legato have saved over the years will live on long after the store vacates its space on the third level of One Oxford Centre, Downtown.

At a private reception Thursday evening, Eric Shiner, director of The Andy Warhol Museum, announced to about 150 guests that the Emphatics archives will be featured in a monthlong exhibit that is slated to open in mid September at the Heinz History Center.

“It is one of the best fashion archives in this country,” Mr. Shiner said.

The Legatos and the museum will work on the exhibit with New York-based consulting curator Stephane Houy-Towner, who worked with The Warhol on the installation of the “Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede” exhibit currently on display. The Legatos hope they'll be able to find a museum that will buy their collections and give them a permanent home.

At the gathering, guests got a sneak peek at the fashions and ephemera from the archives that included video clips of runway shows projected behind the store‘‍s windows. Musicians from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performed as people browsed the collections.

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-- Mary Hornak, Post-Gazette staff writer

For more from PG style editor Sara Bauknecht, check out the PG’‍s Stylebook blog at Follow her on Twitter @SaraB_PG. To have a fashion or style event considered for Stylebook, send listing to First Published June 23, 2014 12:00 AM

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