Amber Adda took to her mother’s sewing machine in high school & a fashion love affair began. Self-taught, Adda whipped up her senior prom dress in less than a week.
Beginning in fashion at Kent State, Adda transferred instead to Penn State to pursue business management & marketing.
Yet Adda still wanted to design; returning to school (& fashion) 14 years later. It was at the Art Institute, for her 2nd bachelors in fashion, Adda fully realized a knack for designing.
Designing clothes for 2+ years, Stuart Frick, is entirely self-taught. Exhibiting an eclectic design aesthetic ranging from feminine to masculine, bright & loud to muted & earthy, sometimes gilded & deliberately over-stylized. Frugal Faux-Fancy plays to the vintage nature of the clothing.
At Duquesne University’s Gender Neutral Fashion Show, Frick walked, designed & presented in an educational panel discussion. In addition, Frick has participated in "What Are Those?" at Social Status, a sneaker art showcase & The Mr. Roboto Project "50 Under 50" fashion event.
Carrie Ann Lehrman’s opened Dress Haute, a bridal & special occasion boutique in Oakdale, PA, back in 2014. Since then, Lehrman opened 2 more locations: Washington Crown Center Mall & South Hills Village Mall.
Lehrman recently won the biggest beauty & fashion achievement award from Style and Glam magazine & was a Fashion Designer of the Year nominee at Art and Beauty Magazine in NYC.
Long inspired by fabric’s flow, Jamie Miller studied design at The Conservatory at Point Park University. Switching tracks to costumes & working the gamut of Pittsburgh’s theater companies. Miller’s creative focus is one-of-a-kind performance ensembles for competitive ballroom dancers, cirque arts & etc.
Christianna Murray holds a Bachelors in fashion design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh; additionally, she has studied at the University of Arts London Fashion School. Murray finds inspiration from her surroundings with an elemental focus on color & silhouettes.
Murray recently debuted her Unpoetic Beauty collection, at Carnegie Mellon University’s Lunar Gala.
Yetunde Olukoya, a medical doctor turned designer, had adored fashion for a long time. Starting as an idea, she wanted to create clothing that acted as storytellers and was deeply rooted in Nigerian culture and heritage.
The name Ray Darten was birthed from a wordplay of her kids' rich Yoruba names: Ire (pronounced eRAY), DARa & TENi. She strongly believes in sharing our handcrafted pieces, made of bold Ankara prints, with versatile styles geared towards complimenting each individual's unique beauty.
Jules, a Carnegie Mellon University student majoring in architecture with a textiles minor, has been designing clothes for 3 years. Przybylska’s designs address gender issues, playing with stereotypes in a satirical way.
In 2017, Przybylska’s clothing line, Intrepid, was shown at the Lunar Gala Fashion Show, arguably one of the largest fashion events in Pittsburgh. Intrepid was a rebellion against high fashion's objectification of women.
Tim is also an architecture student at Carnegie Mellon University & has been designing clothes for a year. He is particularly interested in jewelry design and aims to make fashion that expresses what we're too scared to put into words.
Teresa Reynolds has been a mobile makeup & hair artist for 30 years. At 55, she earned her 2nd degree in Fashion Textile Design. Now at 60 & going deaf, Reynolds’s aim is to demonstrate age and/or physical challenges are no barriers in chasing your dreams.
Reynolds’ fashion startup, FitandFine.Today – a zero-waste company proudly demanding body positivity – portrays inner wear as outerwear. FitandFine.Today uses heartbreak endured to warm clientele’s hearts.
In the fashion world since 2014 & designing since 2016, Evita Scoccia is studying business fashion at Point Park University—soon to be transferring to Parsons in NYC. Discovering resort wear as a design niche, Scoccia hosted Tampa Bay Swim Week 2018; designing her own outfit to wear at the show.
A multi-hyphenate, Scoccia is a published professional model, aspiring actor, & Michael Kors shop stylist.
Elaine Tierney’s credits her mother for her designer career, learning to sew & design at the age of 4. Following Mom’s adage “It doesn’t pay to buy junk,” Tierney created Mossy Lane Products designing for those enjoying an active life.
At 60, Tierney has expanded to create unique pieces that look and feel great. She feels that clothes can make us feel beautiful, strong & confident. Her aim is to create that opportunity for other women.