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Factory Girls connects the fashion industry in Atlanta

During Modern Atlanta Design is Human Week Factory Girls, a incubator aimed at connecting the multiple facets of the apparel industry in Atlanta, presented a fashion show at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Featuring Designers Megan Huntz and Abbey Glass. Founders Rosa Thurner and Regina Weir introduced Atlantans to the well oiled machine also known as the fashion industry. The organizations consist of seamstresses, designers and producers who are opting and out of the hustle and bustle of New York City and choosing to keep it home grown.

Looks by Abbey Glass
Urcia Pearson
Looks by Abbey Glassd
Urcia Pearson

“We really talked with Abbey and Megan about not having their needs as designers met in Atlanta,” Thurner says. “We wanted to help support designers, elevate style and help designers have a support system . We wanted to bring work back with skilled labor and keeping things local.”

Backstage models, make-up artists, hair stylists and producers worked together to present a show to more than 100 guests excited to see what Atlanta has to offer. If comparing it to New York, the scene was reminiscent of a show held in Chelsea or the Meat Packing District. It was all fashion for the professionals who came to together to produce the show and when the first look presented by Abbey Glass came down the stark white aisle everyone knew ….it was the real deal.

Glass who graduated from Rhode Island School of Design was born and raised in Atlanta. Brought up in the classic, but artfully influenced neighborhood of Ansley Park. She is inspired by the design characteristic of the inhabitants of her midtown neighborhood and gone, but not forgotten rock stars.

“It’s rock n’ roll meets Jackie Kennedy Onassis having a love affair with Kurt Cobain,” Abbey says, of her tailored, classic with a modern edge. “ We did a lot of grey, blue black and floral leafing on black camel.”

The line consisted of classic silhouettes in interpreted with A line skirts worn with classic stylish coats made of Alpaca wool blends. The palette was dark and extended into lavender with tailored knickers and dresses in a shade of rose. The audience favorites were a black A-line dress with a gold leaf floral pattern on the bottom and a gold A-line skirt paired with a gold mid drift top.

“We did a lot of grey, blue and a color we’re calling Black Dahlia,” Glass Says of her 2014 Fall collection.

Glass showed at New York Fashion Week where she was sponsored by Supima Cotton. Since then she has picked up a lot of clientele. She is usually courted by her loyal following who host private trunk shows in their homes. This Glass’ first commercial collection and by the looks of things, it won’t be her last.

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