Alia Grandison coming down the runway (Photos by Deon W. Smalley)

Alia Grandison coming down the runway (Photos by Deon W. Smalley)


“Purpose By Design” Runway Show took place July 28 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Monroeville Convention Center. It was a very emotional but successful event.

“The initial idea to have a fashion show of my own came about while I was literally at a fashion show at my church and I turned to my mother and said, ‘Mom, I want to have a fashion show. I’m doing it. Next June or July.’ I wasn’t even sure if I actually believed myself or if I was just speaking it into the atmosphere,” Alia Grandison, event organizer, said.


The runway show was presented by, AI L’AMOUR by Alia. The show, which  featured other designers, Sittoy by Yottis and The Bombman Shop by Sa’mon Bradley. It was hosted by Pittsburgh based model, Jasmine Santana, and included music provided by DJ Solo Dolo.  Poet  Nerdboy, and dance teams, Pittsburgh Dreamz Dance Team and Lady Diamonds also performed at the show.

Fashion Designer, creator and visionary of AI L’AMOUR, Alia Grandison, attended Kaplan Career Institute for Fashion Merchandising and later transferred to AIP for Fashion Design.

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