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The Autumn Gineen Trunk Show Showcased Custom Couture for Curvy Fashionistas

By Megan Davis

The Truth Contributor


The passion for fashion isn’t all that Autumn Gineen has when it comes to her custom work. Within the lining of her fabric lies the story of the struggle women face – the pressure of society to look a certain way, the images in media, shunning the curvier physique or taunting the less shapely. This is a struggle Gineen recognizes and is channeling through her passion for clothing design for the greater good.


On Saturday February 24, her debut Trunk Show featured original designs for the upcoming prom season. Her canvas was a variety of body shapes, local models she hand-selected to create wearable masterpieces. Against the backdrop of an array of local artists in Toledo’s only African-American art gallery – The Truth Art Gallery, models strolled through the audience of welcoming guests, a wonder to witness.


“One of the designs that was new for me was the Muslimah design. I have studied it for a while, but this is the first time I had the opportunity to create fashion like this, “ said Gineen, reflecting on the process that lead to the runway.


The reaction of the guests, their faces lightening up as the models took to their walk, was the highlight of the event for her. “Did she really make that? I want that one!” were some of the remarks the audience couldn’t contain. A soft-spoken woman, Gineen was overwhelmed with excitement because of the spirit in the gallery.


A multidimensional artist, Autumn also designed and crafted the jewelry on display and, in her spare time leading up to the show, provided the luscious catered goods that guests enjoyed.


Autumn grew up in Detroit and brought her craft down I-75 to Toledo where she is working to establish a community of designers who are veterans or new to fashion. This event was the first of her series of events this year to bring custom couture to the city. Her next endeavor is a Bridal Expo, “You Said Yes” and an all-male showcase in September.


In addition, Gineen wishes to teach others with new sewing classes forming this spring. To learn more, follow Autumn Gineen Atelier on Facebook or visit her at the Truth Gallery, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Autumn Gineen


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Revised: 08/16/18 14:12:10 -0700.



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