JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – There’s no need to leave Johnstown because the fashions are here.
Johnstown Fashion Week “Back to Business” will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at Gallery on Gazebo, 140 Gazebo Park, downtown Johnstown.
The event follows the weeklong Johnstown Fashion Week that was held last year in September to positive reviews and community involvement.
“I feel that Fashion Week is really catching on, but it’s catching on in such a unique way by inspiring others to do fashion shows and others are designing,” said Camillya Taylor, event organizer and owner of Camille’s House of Styles and Boutique in the Moxham section of Johnstown. “More people are getting involved and coming to our fashion week because we have the element of teaching and helping.”
Fashions from nine regional designers, including 10 of Taylor’s pieces, will be showcased on the runway.
“For two of them, this will be the first time showing their designs,” Taylor said. “We’ll have about 80 pieces.”
She said 37 models, who were selected through an open casting call, will be featured in the show, and they will be a mix of men, women and children of all sizes.
“It’s ‘Back to Business’ so you’ll see some business wear, some urban wear and some street wear along with gowns and children’s pieces,” Taylor said. “It’ll be a showcase of what we’ve been working on for the season.”
Three photographers will be at the end of the runway photographing models.
Runway fashions will be available for purchase at the show.
Musial entertainment will be provided by DJ Hock and Nia Taylor.
In addition, fashion-related vendors will be on site selling their wares along with a food truck.
In conjunction with the fashion show, the “Shades of Identity: Beyond Colorism” exhibition by Pittsburgh artist Ashley A. Jones will be on display serving as the backdrop to the event.
The exhibit confronts the viewer with the history and present-day practice of colorism among Black women and the way in which they perceive the complexion lure and folk beliefs exemplified by the brown paper bag test.
“I’m really excited for that because it adds to the decor and it’s also Black History Month,” Taylor said. “It’s going to be a wonderful show, and I think the collaboration between the art exhibit and fashion show is going to be amazing.”
Taylor said plans are in the works to host a second weeklong Johnstown Fashion Week in September.
“It’s exciting to see the arts collaborating and coming together to create that fashion creative community,” Taylor said. “There is one here, but I think the fashion is adding another element to the creativity in the arts.”
Johnstown Fashion Week is sponsored by Craftwork Studios.
Tickets are $40. It is recommended that they be purchased in advance online at Eventbrite.com.
If available, tickets will be sold at the door.
For more information, visit www.johnstownfashionweek.com.
Kelly Urban is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at 814-532-5073. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.