Six will join Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

Marianne Skiba has won national awards, but it's a local one that stirs the most emotion.

Skiba will be one of six individuals inducted into the Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame at an 11:30 a.m. luncheon Sept. 29 at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown. It's the final happening in the weeklong fourth annual Pittsburgh Fashion Week.

“This means so much because it is local,” says Skiba, a Burgettstown, Washington County native, who is an Emmy-award winning celebrity makeup artist. “It is from my hometown, from the city I love. Even though I left this city to build a career for myself, I have never forgotten my roots.”

Skiba, who currently is working on the Pittsburgh set of the upcoming film “The Fault In Our Stars,” says she is honored, thrilled and surprised to be chosen.

“When they called me, I never expected it,” she says. “It was out of the blue. I am excited about being part of the Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame and about the entire Pittsburgh Fashion Week. What (executive director and founder) Miyoshi Anderson has done to bring this weeklong fashion event to Pittsburgh is inspiring.”

Skiba will be honored along with Michael Barone, Jean Bryant, Tom Julian, Debbie Norrell and e.b. Pepper. The honorees are chosen based on their unique, outstanding and long-term contribution to fashion, style and beauty in Western Pennsylvania.

New this year is the Exceptional Artist Award, to be given to Jacqueline Capatolla, owner of Jacqueline's Salon in the Grant Building, Downtown, and author of “Shear Dreams.”

“This year's class shows an array of disciplines, from designers to boutique owners to a makeup artist,” Anderson says. “It is a beautiful bouquet of fashion genres.”

Bryant says she, like Skiba, also is honored to be selected. She is being recognized for her work as a journalist and founder of Miss Black Teenage contest and Mr. African-American program. She has helped 1,831 young girls through her Miss Black Teenage program learn about everything from self-esteem to the importance of dressing appropriately.

“I was totally shocked,” says Bryant of Stanton Heights. “It was a beautiful surprise. I owe my style sense to my mom and my sisters. My mother taught us about fashion. Her style was elegant. I guess I didn't realize I developed a style. I have always appreciated designers such as Anne Klein and Calvin Klein and Escada.”

Fashion speaks to who you are as a person, says Bryant, who grew up 35 minutes from New York City in New Jersey.

“Fashion is not about the designer piece you are wearing,” Bryant says. “It is about how that garment looks on you. It's about confidence and feeling good about yourself.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at jharrop@tribweb.com or 412-320-7889.

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