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Elizabeth Sharp | Staff Writers

Pittsburgh Fashion Week (PGH-FW), a combination of fashion and art from the city’s top designers and artists, is taking place this year in a new form due to the ongoing global pandemic.

The festival will run from Monday, September 21 to Friday, September 25. Fashion Week will take place completely online with a different show every day including short films and podcasts.

This combination of fashion and art will be displayed using innovative methods because this year the Pittsburgh Fashion Week Film Festival is being shown for the first time together with PGHFW.

Apart from the film festival, each morning begins with a podcast related to the fashion industry followed by video premiere in the afternoon and evening, and panel discussions that take place throughout the week. Many of the videos include run-way performances from previous years and musical performances from local artists.

This virtual event will help many designers and artists get their name and work worldwide as a PGH-FW partner with several other fashion weeks around the country in cities like Nashville, Columbus and Baltimore. Its aim is to promote a thriving fashion community in every city and

create a larger network for display modes and movies. These inter-city links help designers reach multiple markets.

John Valentine, executive director at the Downtown Community Development Corporation, opened the week with a video of the pre-show discussion.

“Pittsburgh has a great fashion community … it’s all about great designers and great people who are involved in fashion,” said Valentine. Pittsburgh continues to thrive among the fashion industry.

Given the pandemic is still in effect, many of this year’s looks have been quite unique. Many designers incorporate masks into their looks and films when they have been created in recent months.

Designer Brian David Thompson performed an entire photo album featuring only formal wear with masks.

Another new addition this year is Artist Alley, a film festival-style TV show or magazine highlighting the many artists and creators who made PGHFW possible.

As Pittsburgh is a city of fashion on the rise, this virtual event is now more important than ever for these artists to showcase their work.

To view Pittsburgh Fashion Week and Film Festival content, visit

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