Stylebook: Pittsburgh Opera event to feature fashions from former Emphatics boutique
February 27, 2017 12:00 AM
Mannequins dressed in fashions from the Emphatics archives on display at the Phoenix Art Museum during the exhibition "Emphatics: Avant-Garde Fashion 1963-2013." Apparel from the former Downtown boutique will be part of the "Operatically Emphatic" event to benefit Pittsburgh Opera.
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Dennita Sewell, the Phoenix Art Museum’s Jacquie Dorrance curator of fashion design, with Karin Legato at the Emphatics exhibition opening. Fashions from the former Downtown boutique will be part of the "Operatically Emphatic" fashion event to benefit Pittsburgh Opera.
Courtesy of Emphatics
Thierry Mugler silk taffeta dress with belt from Emphatics archive.
By Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
What do exotic opera costumes and avant-garde fashions have in common? They’re works of art that will be spotlighted at Pittsburgh Opera’s “Operatically Emphatic” event on Thursday.
From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., a fashion show will be held in the opera’s Strip District headquarters to benefit Pittsburgh Opera. Models will be dressed in high-fashion pieces from the former Emphatics boutique, located Downtown in One Oxford Centre before it closed in 2013. They’ll be joined by some of Pittsburgh Opera’s resident artists, who will be outfitted in costumes from the opera’s wardrobe vault. Studio Booth in Shadyside will style hair and makeup, inspired by the drama and grandeur of the stage.
“Great fashion transcends being a mere ‘outfit’ and enters the realm of theater and opera,” said Pittsburgh Opera general director Christopher Hahn. “It’s no surprise so many of the illustrious designers that Emphatics championed drew their inspiration from the theater.”
In addition to the fashion show, party guests will be treated to a cocktail reception and a chance to pose for pictures with the costumed resident artists. Proceeds will benefit Pittsburgh Opera. Tickets: http://pct.formstack.com/forms/fpo_fashion.
More fashion news
• Spruce up your style for spring at the two-day Emy Mack Collective pop-upat Explore Sewickley (418 Beaver St., Sewickley). Stop by 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday to shop apparel and accessories for women and children. (emymackcollective.com)
• Need dresses and separates for work or play? Check out the Joseph Ribkoff designer trunk show from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at One Brilliant (12 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall). (onebrilliant.com; 412-781-3443)
• Polished, timeless pieces made from European fabrics and fine linen silks will be featured at the Nina McLemore trunk show at Larrimor’s (One PNC Plaza, Downtown) Thursday through Saturday. Brand representative Kimberly Wetherbee will be on site. (larrimors.com; 412-471-5732)
• Out with the old, in with the new! At the Just Between Friends North consignment sale, new and gently worn items for maternity through teens will be for sale, much of which will be 50 to 90 percent off retail price. Consignors will earn 60 percent of the sales of their items, or 70 percent if they volunteer during the event. The event will take place in the former Sears location in the Beaver Valley Mall, Monaca. It runs 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday ($3 admission; children younger than 18 are free); 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (free admission) and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (select items will be 50 percent off; free admission). (pittsburghnorth.jbfsale.com)
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