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AI designers head to Pittsburgh Fashion Week

By Madison Taylor, Point Park News Service:

Art Institute of Pittsburgh student Laura Hillman prepares her designs for a Pittsburgh Fashion Week runway show.  Photo: Tobi E Makinde of Makinde Photography
Art Institute of Pittsburgh student Laura Hillman prepares her designs for a Pittsburgh Fashion Week runway show. Photo: Tobi E Makinde | Makinde Photography

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s top student designers will take their work to the runway for this year’s fourth-annual Pittsburgh Fashion Week.

Sammi Parrish, Allison Bailey, Christina Knieriem and Laura Hillman are among the students who will showcase their work in the highly anticipated “Back-to-Back” fashion show at the school, featuring the city’s best up-and-coming designers.

“I came to Pittsburgh thinking that there wouldn’t be that much fashion, but I was wrong,” Parrish, 18, said. “They’re really bringing it back. It’s a fashion renaissance.”

Parrish, a Maryland native, is in her first quarter at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, but she’s already finding plenty of opportunities in the local fashion scene thanks to Miyoshi Anderson, the director and founder of Pittsburgh Fashion Week.

Over the past four years, Anderson has become well-known for helping young people reach their full potential in the Pittsburgh fashion business.

“[Anderson is] awesome and easy to work with,” said Bailey, a recent Art Institute graduate. “She knows so much about the industry, and she’s an extra hand when I need it.”

Art Institute of Pittsburgh student Christina Knieriem will feature her bridal gown designs in a Pittsburgh Fashion Week runway show. Photo: Sarah Marcella Hallee of Marcella's Photography
Art Institute of Pittsburgh student Christina Knieriem will feature her bridal gown designs in a Pittsburgh Fashion Week runway show. Photo: Sarah Marcella Hallee | Marcella’s Photography

Bailey will share her vintage-inspired swim and resort-wear designs, while Parrish will be presenting a series of clean-cut crocheted styles. Models for Knieriem, 21, will take the runway in timeless bridal-wear, while Hillman’s “Street Couture” line will show off a cross between high fashion attire and everyday outfits.

The Back-to-Back fashion show will begin at 7 p.m. at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh on Sept. 28. General admission costs $10, and door tickets cost $15. Limited seating is available. Reservations can be made by visiting www.PittsburghFashionWeek.com.

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