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High Class Atlanta Fashion

by Amelia Gray
FashionCareerCenter Columnist

Atlanta is receiving national attention for professional designers, high-profile looks, and rising stars. As this jewel of Georgia grows, the fashion elite of the city are starting to enjoy the national spotlight.

From city streets to center stage, fashion is alive in Atlanta. The city, one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., is home to a growing group of rising fashion stars. Established designers and fashion design school students alike are beginning to look to this southern city for the next trends.

Mychael Knight: Fashion on the Small Screen
The world first learned of Mychael Knight (then "Michael") when he appeared on the third season of Bravo's fashion reality competition show, Project Runway. The designer got his start as a fashion design major before interning at an Atlanta boutique. Though he didn't win the show's top prize, Knight gained national exposure and attention for his street chic designs. Today, the designer is back in Atlanta, working on his next collection.

Simpson: Style on Stage
Though R&B fans around the world are familiar with singer/songwriter India Arie, they may not realize the talent that runs in her family. Arie's mother, Joyce Simpson, is an Atlanta fashion designer with her own talent for singing. Simpson spent much of her young life singing, opening for Stevie Wonder and Al Green. Though India Arie took some accessories classes at a local fashion design school, she turned to singing, while her mother ended up in fashion design and is now an established local designer. Simpson also serves as her daughter's personal stylist, and accompanies her on tour.

Anne Barge: Fashion Down the Aisle
An established name in Atlanta fashion, Anne Barge designs beautiful bridal gowns under her own label. Barge, who uses museum-quality beading and embroidery on fine silk gowns, has established an international presence with Saks Fifth Avenue. She set up a bridal store in London for British mogul Richard Branson. Like Mychael Knight, Barge received a bit of television fame herself when her designs won the "Today Show Throws a Wedding" competition in 2003.

Fashion in Atlanta is fresh and sophisticated; the city is quickly establishing itself as a fashion design capital of the nation. The next few years will be important to Atlanta's fashion legacy, but in the meantime, new and established designers are finding the city an inspiring place to live and work.

Sources:
Anne Barge
Mychael Knight
Joyce Simpson

About the Author
Amelia Gray is a teacher and freelance writer in San Marcos, TX. Amelia earned a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from Arizona State University.