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A fashion show of repurposed designs is the highlight of the event. The show not only showcases the creativity and generosity of local fashion designers, boutiques, and students but also supports sustainability within the fashion industry.
Designs are judged on the runway according to their use of repurposed materials, creativity, and overall appeal, and awards are given for Best Design and Best Student Design. If you are interested in participating, please download our Information for Designers.
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Designer Carrie Ann Lehrman strives to make sure every woman feels beautiful in her perfect wedding dress and has a wonderful experience shopping for it. Located in the South Hills Village Mall in Bethel Park, Dress Haute is a one-stop shop for planning your wedding or finding that fabulous special occasion dress, specializing in custom designs.
With 25 years in the fashion industry, Eva Dixon now owns I Do Designs by Eva in McKees Rocks. Formerly specializing in bridal attire, Eva now also creates custom dance costumes, swimwear, and even corsages! She can also be relied on for professional alterations for both men and women.
Marbufs founder Rhonda Cooper is a street artist who specializes in “yarnbombing,” which means covering objects or structures in public spaces with crocheted material. Coming from New Jersey just to participate in this event, she is also known for creating unique crocheted accessories that make great gifts!
Elaine Tierney, owner of Mossy Lane Products in Sharpsburg, learned how to sew from her mother Mossy. Mossy didn’t teach her to just follow a pattern, though! Elaine’s designs are truly unique and stylish yet comfortable. For our 2019 event, Elaine created a garment out of used bicycle tires and a very old Kaufmann’s Department Store bag and was our Best Design winner.
The Iron Horse Atelier opened in April 2016 by designer and seamstress Amanda Vereb. Located on Butler Street in Upper Lawrenceville, this private studio offers services such as bridal alterations, men’s tailoring, and bespoke special occasion. With a degree in fashion design from Philadelphia University and University of Rome, Amanda is known for her inherent sense of craftsmanship and meticulous devotion to detail.
Though she does not have a background in fashion design, Ashley Stark loves to express her creative side through her participation in the Runway RePurposed fashion show. Having learned how to sew from her mom, Ashley has created some amazing designs for this event and won Best Design in 2017 and 2018!
Elaine Healy is a Pittsburgh-based fashion designer focused on the intersection of personal style and the avant-garde. Now known for her faux fur pieces, Elaine first became interested in sewing in her Home Economics class! She later went on to study printmaking at Ohio University and fashion at The Art of Institute of Pittsburgh.
Amy Stewart’s first customers were her Barbie dolls, whose clothes she ripped apart and sewed back together! After graduating from CAPA, she now specializes in bringing each customer’s vision to life with her one of one creation service through her brand Haute Cocoa. Her website features a ready-to-buy collection of womenswear, menswear, loungewear, outerwear, accessories and more. Tap into your inner Haute in whichever way you choose to express it!
After his military service and sports career, James Houk translated his artistic talent into fashion design. Over his decades long career, he has developed his own brands and collaborated with retailers around the world, including Barneys and Fred Segal. No matter what he designs, whether it be a t-shirt or a dress for a celebrity, his goal is for it to be timeless and authentic.