Birmingham Is the Last Stop for Michigan Fashion Festival

The Michigan F.A.S.H. Fest, celebrating Michigan fashion, art, sound and history, happens Saturday in Shain Park.

A celebration of Michigan Fashion, Art, Sound and History (F.A.S.H.) comes to Birmingham this weekend with the , happening Saturday in .

The three-day event began last Saturday on Detroit's Liberty Street, with the annual Runway Industry Showcase and Gala. A "Reveal" Trend Event and VIP Preview happened Wednesday night at the Detroit Opera House.

The festival, headed up by Leslie Ann Pilling, culminates in a Premiere Festival from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday in Shain Park, with all proceeds benefitting Forgotton Harvest, which donates prepared and perishable foods to emergency food providers across Metro Detroit.

"These three indvidual events highlight talent with a Michigan connection through fashion, art, sound and history," Pilling said in a press release. "Each day is a glorified, a positive platform, a point of purchase and the key to power forward to ensure an economic boost."

The . At that time, Pilling said the festival is about Michigan, but also about celebrating Birmingham as well.

"We are including Birmingham in this but also bringing the Michigan fashion world to Birmingham," Pilling said.

What to expect at the 2012 F.A.S.H. Festival


  • Futuristic accessory TREND runway showcase
  • Make-up artistry showcase
  • "Head to Head" hats competition
  • Strolling models showing off couture collections
  • A showcase of local accessory artists


  • Interactive experiential installations and other displays
  • Walk through a miniature collaborative cityscape of Detroit and buy a building created by a Michigan artist
  • Explore underwater with a hidden object game
  • Puppet art showcase and a puppet-making workshop


  • Various Michigan musicians will be performing throughout the day, including Sean Forbes, Motor City Quintet and more
  • Create your own percussion instrument competition


  • Rare collectibles from Michigan history
  • On-site storytellers
  • Exhibits displaying documentary and digital media

Also on the menu is a round-up of local gourmet food trucks and a food truck competition. In addition, there will be a showcase of various edible food sculptures.

For more information, visit the group's website www.michiganfashfest.com.


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