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Fashion Show

Runway RePurposed promotes the idea that everyone and everything deserves a second chance to be something great, and 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.

2021 Best Design

Amanda Vereb with The Iron Horse Atelier

2021 Best Student Design

Abigail Rapp & Madison Kraus, North Allegheny High School

2022 Judges:

Mike Frazer

3WS/iHeart Radio Personality


Brian Hyslop

Editor, NextPittsburgh

2022 Fashion Show Director

Bradford Mumpower

Bradford Mumpower Designs

 

2022 Designers:

 

Lane Root designs under the name Mossy Lane Products.  And it all started as a young girl sewing with her mother, Mossy.  Lane now designs one-of-a-kind pieces that are stylish yet comfortable.  She also gives sewing lessons and does alterations and repairs.  For our 2019 event, Lane created a garment out of worn bicycle tires and a very old Kaufmann’s Department Store bag and was awarded Best Design.

The Iron Horse Atelier opened in April 2016 by designer and seamstress Amanda Vereb.  Located on Butler Street in 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 as seen in her 2021 Best Design, which she created out of bubble wrap and garment bags.

Designer Lana Neumeyer has supported this event for many years, always combining various materials to create a design that’s truly unique.  Her designs reflect her personality and her

Brazilian culture—vibrant and fun—and she can always be counted on to accessorize to the fullest!

 

 

With 25 years in the fashion industry, Eva Dixon now owns I Do Designs by Eva in Cranberry Township.  She has traditionally specialized in bridal attire but now also creates custom dance costumes, swimwear, and even corsages!  She can also be relied on for professional alterations for both men and women.

 

 

Jami Johnson has had various artistic and creative works displayed throughout the city of Pittsburgh, with her expertise being drawings, intricate duct tape creations, crafts of yarn, and fashion design.  She is a resident at Pathways Community Living, an agency providing extensive supports and services for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She is being mentored by Katy DeMent, an artist, certified teaching artist, and papermaker.  Katy’s workshops are STEAM-centered, sustainability-focused, and hands-on, as she uses harvested materials from the waste stream to demonstrate water systems and creatively illustrate environmental situations through well-crafted visual narratives.

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!   

Susan Masarek Wilson is an artist and a designer of wearable art utilizing recycled and unusual materials that are rescued from the landfills and dumpsters of her community. Though she is new to the Pittsburgh area, Susan participated in similar events when she lived in New Jersey and will be a force to be reckoned with at this year’s Runway RePurposed!  As she says, “There’s no real trash- just lack of creativity.”

 

 

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. 

 

Melissa Charles is a fashion and jewelry designer, having opened MelissaSade’s Designs three years ago where her specialties are evening gowns and handmade jewelry.  As a little girl, she wanted to be a supermodel, but, as a young adult, she decided to attend the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and study fashion design.  She says that she loves to create beautiful and elegant designs out of thin air.  Let’s see what she can create out of her trash!

 

Jen Rocket LLC works one-on-one with start-ups to large corporations to bring concepts for soft goods to life from ideation through to large-scale manufacturing. Jen explains, “Think of it as engineering with fabric!” With top-of-the-line equipment and techniques, they create solutions for sewn products in every sector, striving to recycle and reuse as much as possible. Jen says that Runway RePurposed “is an opportunity for a look behind the machine as it were and put those leftover scraps and notions to good use!”

 

Y=f(X) (pronounced why is the f of x) designs loungewear, athleisure, dancewear and swimwear from upcycled and salvage fabrics. Y=f(X) is self-taught and completely obsessed with indie design and slow fashion, and the name is based on the concept of form + function. Sergery is a brand new design incubator opening in Homestead PA and focusing on eco-conscious indie design, technology, slow fashion and empowering others to invent their own designs! Instagram: @sergerydesignstudio

 

Julia Hockey Mazur bought her first sewing machine at a yard sale and taught herself how to sew via YouTube videos.  She honed her skills in 4H, where she competed in the State Fashion Revue for four years before aging out of the program.  Currently a college student, she works at a bridal store doing alterations but also creates custom reworked clothing on the side.  She’s excited about the opportunity to challenge herself through participation in Runway RePurposed!

 

 

 

 

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