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Ai Pittsburgh Graduates and Students Part of an Improved Pittsburgh Fashion Week

By: Justin Shook Filed under: Fashion

September 28, 2018

From the moment the elevator door at Sienna Mercato opened to the rooftop beer garden, Il Tetto, located in the city’s cultural district, guests could see that Pittsburgh Fashion Week had the potential to be the biggest and best fashion week yet for the Steel City. Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation was at the helm for the third year running, and would successfully navigate the week to an improved level. Graduates and students from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh were part of this success. They played integral roles in each of the week’s three events; The Social, The Panel and The Runway.

Fashion Week at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh

The Social

The Social was an upbeat, fun and comfortable gathering of some of Pittsburgh’s trendiest. Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design graduates featured in this year’s show included alumnae Elaine Healy (2012), Anna Lemley (2017) and Lauria Pascuzzi (2018). Their design work could be seen in Bachelor of Science in Media Arts & Animation student Fatimah Alshaqiqi’s PGHFW designer reel, viewable on seven digital displays around the garden light lit venue.

The Panel

Monday’s kick-off was followed by a panel discussion on Wednesday evening at Truefit in the Union Trust Building where panelists Amanda Cosco, founder of Electric Runway; Gemma Sole, COO and co-founder of Nineteenth Amendment; and Dee Schlotter, senior marketing manager of PPG Industries came together to deliver insight on industry trends from technology to product development to buying behavior as it relates to color. Adjunct Fashion Marketing & Management faculty member Joan Marcocci, and her attending students, found the event to be interesting and insightful. Ms. Marcocci shared, “[The Panel] was an interesting evening for students…to experience the inter-connectedness of technology, product development and color industries with fashion.”

Fashion Week at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh

The Runway

The Social and Panel were exceptional events; however, what stood out the most was the crown jewel of the week; The Runway. The gorgeous venue, guests, designers, models and collections wove together to create a spectacular evening. Among fashion bloggers, journalists, videographers and photographers, stood Ai Pittsburgh students Jordan Walker, studying for a Bachelor Degree in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production , classmate David Michael, seeking an Associate Degree in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production, and Bachelor of Science in Digital Photography student Jameek Booth. Jordan, David and Jameek came for the unique opportunity to capture film and photographs of the glamour filled show. Fashion Week volunteers included Bachelor of Science in Fashion Marketing & Management students Gabriela Droz, Joshua Hodgson, Sabrina Davies, Elle Ceraso and Tialicia Pendelton. Most impressive of all is that three of the seven collections were produced by Fashion Designers who graduated from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh; Elaine Healy (2012), Anna Lemley (2017) and Lauria Pascuzzi (2018). Christianna Murray, a current Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design student, could even be seen on the runway sporting a look by Anna Lemley. Anna’s collection followed a thoughtfully clean and modern design, while Lauria created a current twist on classic looks with her gowns and pantsuits that incorporated plumes of soft white material, a trademark feature oft seen in Ms. Pascuzzi’s designs. Elaine Healy held true to her avant-garde style by featuring couture adornments by King Reld, faux fur and a mix of mesh and extended solid fabrics. To see more of the looks from each of the designer’s collections, head over to The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Instagram page.

This year was a major step in the right direction for Pittsburgh’s fashion scene and designers. Several designers were signed by Nineteenth Amendment to sell their garments and accessories online. Congratulations to everyone involved in making Pittsburgh Fashion Week 2018 impactful and memorable. Here’s to raising the “rack” in 2019.

Fashion Week at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh

All photographs by Bachelor of Science in Digital Photography student, Jameek Booth.


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By: Justin Shook Filed under: Fashion

September 28, 2018

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