Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fashion Design Students Have Their Day on the Runway

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fashion Design Students Have Their Day on the Runway

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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.

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"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.

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