Fashion-Focused Flicks Style 412 Presents Pittsburgh's First Fashion Film Festival at Row House Cinema

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Fashion-Focused Flicks Style 412 Presents Pittsburgh's First Fashion Film Festival at Row House Cinema


Bauknecht, Sara, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Since Style 412 stepped onto Pittsburgh's scene in 2016, it has been on a mission to help boost the city's fashion industry - one cocktail party, photo shoot and fashion show at a time.

This week, it's shifting its attention from the catwalk to the silver screen for the launch of the Fashion Film Festival, believed to be the first of its kind in Pittsburgh. It kicks off Friday at Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville and runs through Sept. 26.

Throughout the week, there will be multiple chances to watch fashion-focused flicks, including "Clueless," "Zoolander" and "Westwood: Punk, Icon Activist," a documentary about British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. Style 412 compiled a list of films, and selections were made based on which ones Row House Cinema could acquire the rights to screen.

"It's a nice balance of documentaries about designers and their work as well as some fun pop culture fashion movies," said Kelsey Zehmisch, Row House Cinema marketing manager.

Style 412 approached the indie movie theater with the idea for the festival in January. Row House Cinema selects a theme each week for the films that it shows, Ms. Zehmisch explained, so screening several movies about fashion seemed like a good fit.

Beyond the films, there will be events during the festival at the theater. At 7 p.m. Friday, Pittsburgh-based experts in eco-friendly fashion will participate in a panel discussion about ways to shop sustainably. The panelists are designer Bonnie Siefers of Jonano, Jessica Clowney of Made&Found Market and Anemoia Vintage, Wavy Alabaster blogger Jessa Gibboney and designer Nisha Blackwell of Knotzland Bowties. Designer Tereneh Idia of Idia'Dega will moderate. The talk will be followed by a screening of "True Cost," described as a "deep dive into fashion's frightening environmental human impact. …

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