JOHNSTOWN, Pennsylvania — A fashion retrospective will take to the catwalk to showcase the work of a local designer.
Camillya Taylor, owner of salon and boutique Camille’s House of Styles in the Moxham section of Johnstown, is celebrating her 12th year in business and will be highlighting the fashions she has created over the years.
An exhibition of his work will be on view from noon to 5 p.m. Friday through October 16 at ArtHouse6, 126 Walnut St., downtown Johnstown.
Alongside the exhibition, a fashion show will be presented from 5 to 9 p.m. on October 15 at ArtHouse6. Admission is $40.
“It’s going to be a three-day exhibit, from things I created in the beginning to where I am right now,” the Johnstown resident said.
“I’m a fashion editor for Soul Pitt magazine, a runway coach, and I’ve done fashion shows all over the place, so the show will have models from all over the area – Johnstown, Huntingdon, Pittsburgh, York, Harrisburg and Lancaster. “
The exhibit will include 12 models dressed in Taylor’s fashion, as well as photographs of her work that she has taken and shots published in fashion magazines.
“There will also be things of what it looked like before and then going through the making,” she said.
“I work with a manufacturing company from Turkey, so you will see the beginning of it and what it will become.”
Additionally, the exhibit will include a documentary detailing how, in the summer of 2021, Taylor prepared and developed 12 Johnstown designs for New York Fashion Week.
The fashion show will feature 10-15 models wearing different sizes of clothing.
“There will be 30 outfits in three different sets, and all will have a different theme,” Camillya Taylor said.
“Some will come from the boutique, but others will be pieces that I created. We just did Pittsburgh Fashion Week and I’d like to show that in Johnstown.
Themes will include futuristic fashion, urban couture and jokers.
Taylor’s mobile store will be on site for attendees to browse and shop.
As part of the fashion show, Taylor’s 21-year-old daughter, Nia Taylor, will sing.
“It creates an avenue for fashion because there are so many creative people here who can do so many things,” Taylor said.
She said Johnstown isn’t known for fashion, but she sees the industry starting to make inroads in the area.
“We push fashion forward in Johns-town because there’s such demand,” Taylor said.
“I also own a cafe (The Lounge Cafe) and we did a coffee tour and found out the bus driver was a designer and she designed for her kids. She’s there, but there’s no way out.
Its aim is to create an outlet for models and designers.
“I’m looking to start a modeling agency and maybe a place where we could do fashion shows and work with designers,” she said.
“I would also like businesses in Johnstown to connect to templates and use them to create more professional marketing. When you’re a small business, you might not know where to go for this, so I’d love to help other people with their marketing just by using templates.
To unite fashion industry players, Camille’s House of Styles salon and boutique will host “The Collab”, an evening of networking, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 22 at Studio 32, 32 Walnut St. ., downtown Johnstown.
The event is open to photographers, videographers, models, makeup artists, hairstylists, designers and artists who will work together to create portfolios, composite cards, music videos, advertisements and photos for a website.
“I want to bring creative people together,” Taylor said.
“Everyone comes with a plan, so I might meet with a videographer, designer and makeup artist and we’ll see what we can come up with, then once we’re done we’ll post on social media and tag everyone. You may be from different fields, but you are creating an audience, so it works hand in hand and networking on a larger scale.
Her goal is to connect people so they can take their careers to the next level.
“For me, I had to travel and I spent a lot of money trying to meet people, so here you will be able to enter one space, and I hope to connect people with the right moving parts”, Taylor said.
The cost is $100. Registration can be done by sending your name and contact details to [email protected], and a response email will be sent.
For more information, call 814-659-0706 or visit Camille’s House of Styles salon and boutique Facebook page at www.facebook.com/camilleshouseofstyles.