In Focus: the Pittsburgh Opera Diva Dreams and Fashion Queens fashion show – Pittsburgh: In Focus

Fashion and design spanning more than 100 years took center stage Monday night at the Pittsburgh Opera’s Diva Dreams and Fashion Queens show at the Bitz Opera Factory in the Strip District. The annual opera parade returned this year after taking a year off due to the pandemic.

The show was curated and designed by Richard Parsakian, owner of Eons Fashion Antique, located at 5850 Ellsworth Avenue. Eons offers vintage clothing and accessories from the 1880s to the 1980s. Items in the show included looks from designers Karl Lagerfeld, Norman Norrell, Ceil Chapman, Halston, Thierry Mugler, Claire McCardell, and others.

Resident models and artists at the Pittsburgh Opera showed off their looks for the night. Resident artists also performed multiple songs including “Puttin ‘on the Ritz”, “Begin the Beguine” and “Bei Mir Bist Du Schon”. Studio Booth, a luxury salon and spa located at 6343 Penn Avenue, provided the hair and makeup for the show.

Mahogany La PiranHa, a trans activist and drag performer, wore a 1940s black rayon dress with a black velvet hat from Pittsburgh artist Louise Pershing’s estate and 1980s Kenneth J. Lane jewelry.
Kylee Killian, one of the Point Park University dancers, takes to the runway. Killian wore a 1950s black silk and lace dress by designer Norman Norell and a 1950s black velvet hat
Pittsburgh Opera resident models and artists leave the stage at the end of the Pittsburgh Opera’s Diva Dreams and Fashion Queens show.
Delana Flowers walks the runway wearing a 1970s silk chiffon Bohemian dress by black designer Scott Barrie with 1971 acrylic jewelry by Pittsburgh artist Aaronel deRoy Gruber.
Point Park University dance major Catherine Krebs walks the runway wearing a 1960s gold brocade dress by French designer Jacques Heim with a 1960s ostrich feather hat, a 1960s black velvet cape and crystal and rhinestone jewelry from the 1960s.
Point Park University dance major Catherine Krebs walks the runway wearing a 1960s gold brocade dress by French designer Jacques Heim with a 1960s ostrich feather hat, a 1960s black velvet cape and crystal and rhinestone jewelry from the 1960s.
The make-up artist and hairdresser Max Ryan parades on the catwalk. Ryan wore a black 1970s jumpsuit with 1960s op art jewelry.
Point Park University dancer Bex Merry poses on the runway wearing an iridescent 1950s silk dress by designer Ceil Chapman, iridescent 1960s rhinestone jewelry and a 1950s black velvet hat with ostrich feathers.
Point Park University dance major Kylee Killian poses on the runway wearing a black 1950s silk and lace dress from designer Norman Norell and a 1950s black velvet hat.
Lucas Fedele, actor, singer, dancer and co-founder of the American Cooperative Theater Company, walks the runway wearing a 1970s burgundy suit, disco print T-shirt, wedge shoes and a hat.
Kierra Darshell, the First Lady of Drag of Pittsburgh and founder of the Miss Tri-State contest, walks the runway wearing a black 1960s raincoat by Dominican designer Oscar de le Renta, a 1970s metallic brocade trouser suit by the designer Ceil Chapman and a gold necklace from the 60s from the French designer Givenchy, gold earrings from the 80s and a feather hat from the 60s.
Kierra Darshell, the First Lady of Drag of Pittsburgh and founder of the Miss Tri-State contest, walks the runway wearing a black 1960s raincoat by Dominican designer Oscar de le Renta, a 1970s metallic brocade trouser suit by the designer Ceil Chapman and a gold necklace from the 60s from the French designer Givenchy, gold earrings from the 80s and a feather hat from the 60s.
Zanny Laird, actor, dancer and co-founder of the American Cooperative Theater Company, CMU graduate in musical theater, walks the runway wearing a blue 80s wool coat by French designer Thierry Mugler, a blue wool knit dress from the 60s and a silver necklace both by The Italian-French designer Pierre Cardin, a hat with ostrich feathers from the 60s and polka dot platform shoes from the 70s.
Zanny Laird, actor, dancer and co-founder of the American Cooperative Theater Company, CMU graduate in musical theater, walks the runway wearing a blue 80s wool coat by French designer Thierry Mugler, a blue wool knit dress from the 60s and a silver necklace both by The Italian-French designer Pierre Cardin, a hat with ostrich feathers from the 60s and polka dot platform shoes from the 70s.
Audience members react to see Shellie Hipsky, cabaret singer, dancer, actor, writer, CEO of Inspiring Lives Magazine and executive director of Global Sisterhood, walk the runway during the Pittsburgh Opera’s Diva Dreams and Fashion Queens fashion show. Monday April 4, 2022, at the Bitz Opera Factory in the Strip District.
Zanny Laird, actor, dancer and co-founder of the American Cooperative Theater Company, CMU graduate in musical theater, walks the runway wearing a blue 80s wool coat by French designer Thierry Mugler, a blue wool knit dress from the 60s and a silver necklace both by The Italian-French designer Pierre Cardin, a hat with ostrich feathers from the 60s and polka dot platform shoes from the 70s.
Shellie Hipsky, cabaret singer, dancer, actor, writer, CEO of Inspiring Lives Magazine and executive director of Global Sisterhood, poses on the runway wearing a 1940s black velvet opera cloak, a black 1970s dress trimmed with ostrich feathers from Audrey Hepburn’s estate and 1950s rhinestone jewelry.
Major Catherine Krebs of Point Park University dances with other models to ABBA’s song “Dancing Queen” at the end of the Pittsburgh Opera’s Diva Dreams and Fashion Queens fashion show at the Bitz Opera Factory in the Strip District.

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