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The Art of Fashion Returns to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

Quilting, home sewing, wearable art, fashion – they are all cut from the same cloth! Mancuso Show Management is excited to announce three amazing fashion shows to be featured at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks (Valley Forge area), PA September 15-18, 2016. There will be one fashion show per day, Friday and Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at 1pm. From casual dress to out of this world couture, these fashion events are sure to impress!

Friday, September 16th’s fashion show, “Inspired & In Style”, scheduled for 2pm includes garments created by Karen Boutte and Rachel D.K. Clark. Both Karen and Rachel are California quilt and wearable artists.  The show will be a perfect blend of fabric and fun with exceptional designs and a flair for the dramatic.

Saturday, September 17th, at 2pm will feature the SewBatik Challenge Fashion Show. The challenge fabric, a magnificent paisley batik, has inspired home sewers and wearable artists to create unique and beautiful garments. SewBatik not only sponsored the fabric challenge, they also are a special vendor sponsor for PNQE as well as a vendor in the Merchant’s Mall.  Visitors to the SewBatik booth will find a wide array of batiks.  Two prizes will be awarded at this fashion event; Diva’s Choice, a $300 prize chosen by Challenge Fashion Show Moderator/Judge Karen Boutte, and People’s Choice, $200 prize chosen by the fashion show audience. For more information on SewBatik, visit http://www.sewbatik.com.

Sunday, September 18th, at 1pm, the New Hope Arts Center presents Fiber, Fabric, Fashion. A regional nonprofit organization, the New Hope Arts Center premiered its first fashion show this past February.  After a tremendous response,  the Center decided to make it an annual event. The current exhibition features upcycling fashion, felting and fiber arts, jewelry, steam punk style and vintage. The designers include Kristen Leonard of Charley Girl Designs, Gina Tavelli, Nelly Kouzmina of Feltinelli, Illia Barger of Pantaluna, Angela Pilat of Glamtastik,  Joanne Eisenberg of Flirt and Janice Hengel. Sojourner, a vintage clothing shop located  in Lambertville, NJ will also be featured in the exhibition. All show designers are regional and have a beautiful distinct style that really comes together on the runway. For more information on the New Hope Arts Center, visit http://www.newhopearts.org.

Every garment has a story; Quilt Diva, Karen Boutte will moderate all three fashion shows. Karen has worked with Mancuso Show Management on the Pacific International Quilt Festival’s fashion show for over 15 years so she is no stranger to the runway.  With her fabulous sense of style as well as her fabulous sense of humor, attendees to the shows will not be disappointed!

Great news! There is no additional charge for the fashion shows. Quilt Show admission includes admission to the fashion shows. Fashion show seats are available on a first come, first served basis. For more information on all three fashion shows, visit https://www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/pennsylvania-national-quilt-extravaganza/additional-information-2/pnqe-goes-fashion/

Major sponsors Brother/Byrne Sewing Connection, BERNINA/Steve’s Sewing, Vacuum & Quilting, Baby Lock/Hayes Sewing Machine Company, Janome – Elna/Pocono Sew & Vac; Silver sponsors ABM international Innova and Handi Quilter; and Special Vendor Sponsors French Connections and SewBatik generously support the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.