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Pittsburgh Fashion Week begins today

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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Hey, Steel City ... ready to sashay the night away? How about the entire week?

Ready or not, Pittsburgh Fashion Week kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. its fourth year of festivities with runway shows at Highmark Stadium featuring designers with Pittsburgh ties. They are Alicia Akrie, Debbie Weiss and Faith Pongracz of Faith n' Khaos.

Head over to Highmark Stadium early to check out the Fashion Avenue vendor fair (free admission) from 2 to 9 p.m.

While it only lasts one week, Pittsburgh Fashion Week takes months of preparations and several people to pull it off. Here is a look at the event by the numbers:

Number of days: 6 fashion-focused days

MiyoshiAnderson 250Events: 8 chances to learn about fashion and beauty-related businesses and talents in Pittsburgh

Venues: 7 spots across Pittsburgh, each picked to show off the city's diversity

Volunteers: About 20, who are trained to help coordinate various aspects of events

Stylists: About 10 Pittsburgh-based hair and makeup artists

Models: Dozens! Each designer's runway show features about a dozen designers, and there are about a dozen runway shows this week.

Attendance: A few thousand in 2012, including guests and participants. About the same or more are expected this year.

The vision: "When I was modeling 10 years ago, I worked a lot," Pittsburgh Fashion Week founder Miyoshi Anderson said. "I saw in the past decade the decline of work and the fashion industry sort of lying dormant.

"I've seen [Pittsburgh Fashion Week] encourage them to open up and develop their own companies, just getting it out there. They're really pushing forward with the exposure."

Learn more or purchase tickets at www.pittsburghfashionweek.com.

Photos: At top, models pose for a promotional Pittsburgh Fashion Week photo shoot along Smithfield Street, Downtown, in 2011. (Bob Donaldson/Post-Gazette) At right, Pittsburgh Fashion Week founder and director Miyoshi Anderson.

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