Model Training This Summer











ReFined Culture: New Model Edition

Sofia Borrero


At the age of 16 Sofia has landed a major contract with one of the best in the worlds top agency Wilhelmina Models Chicago chapter.


Just like any other teenag003er she is in 10th grade and loves to play pool. Aside from being an excellent student she is on the tennis team at school and in the summer is a camp counselor at Shadyside Academy summer camp. Born in Pittsburgh PA coming from 100% Colombian mother and father. Standing 5″9′ commands the attention from not only the modeling industry but also has grace the TV land as the leading lady. In Pittsburgh’s own Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa

Scared to Be Lonely

There is so much more in store for Sophia Borrero!!!

Photo Credit Wilhelmina models

ReFined Culture is having an OPEN ENROLLMENT!!!


ReFined Culture is having open enrollment for all children from ages 5 -12 yrs old!

At the Pittsburgh Center for Arts. For the next few weekends!!



So if you think your little one has what it takes to become a model/actor. Please email me

All Print and Acting Classes will be held at The Pittsburgh Filmmaker’s. If you think your little one has a gift for the arts Contact us!


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Remember, Runway classes are held at the Pittsburgh Center for Arts on Sundays from 1-4 pm

Don’t wait until the last minute to get your small star on the path to success!!!

C0ntact us @ register online under book Online /Private Consultation or email



Chen Tianzhuo | SANKAUNZ


Chen was born in Beijing in 1985. He has been hailed as “one the most promising young artists in China.” He studied for his Bachelor of Fine Arts from 2007 until 2009 at prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and went to get his Masters from Chelsea College of Art in 2010.

Timeout Shanghai stated that, “Part of what makes Chen’s work interesting is his seeming obliviousness to what is and isn’t appropriate, especially in a country [China] where culture is micromanaged. There’s courage in his creation of weed and masturbation icons, his celebration of bad taste, and his disregard for copyright and religious (and other) sensitivities. “I can’t just stay in one thing,” Chen says. “I can’t just paint the same thing again and again. I’d lose my passion. I lost my passion for fashion, so I’m not gonna do it again.”

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His work has been shown internationally and more recently July 2014 in Shanghai in “Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test: Chen Tianzhuo.”

Sankuanz was founded by desinger Shanguan Zhe in 2008, who lives in Xiamen with his team. They are travelling in every corner of China, investigating and collecting the traditional textile process and clothing art, melting into modern fashion to demostrate the series of combination. He participated in the ‘Shanghai Fashion Week’, and his collection in the show made a powerful influence on fashion insider. Shangguan Zhe continues it’s simple and utility designing style on the brand “SANKUANZ”, putting emphasis on the cloth texture and wearers’ comfort. However, he undertakes design route on his another brand “Undpromotion”, enhancing the clothes’ design sense and fabric innovation, with a little exaggeration. Apart from these, Shangguan Zhe keeps trying various matching of fabrics, in which wool, cotton, linen and chiffon could go together. His fashion aesthetics is closely related to his delicate feeling for life and the immediate capture of mood, which add thick poetic feeling to his seemingly plain works.

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His latest work debuted November 6, 2014 at K11 in Hong Kong supported by Adrian Cheng, one of the “Top 20 Most Innovative Collectors in the World.” The show titled WAWADOLL IS X’MAS DATA – a solo exhibition by TIANZHUO CHEN is “Chen’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong is also his first large-scale installation outside of a gallery” and is curated by Leap Magazine and Art Papers Editor in Chief, Robin Peckham.

Chen currently lives and works in Beijing and London.

Erdem Moralioglu

Erdem Moralioglu was born in Montreal, Canada to a Turkish father and an English mother and grew up between Montreal and Birmingham, England.  Erdem moved to London in 2000 to study fashion at the Royal College of Art.Upon receiving his master’s degree in 2003, he proceeded to go onto closing the 2003 RCA show with his graduate collection He then moved  back to London to launch his own label in 2005, ERDEM.

Erdem Moralioglu is the multiple award winning founder of eponymous fashion label Erdem. Well known for his experimental textiles and intricate craftsmanship, Erdem has a coterie of high profile clients, such as Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama, Alexa Chung and Arizona Muse.

Fashion was an early infatuation for the designer, who admitted to having doodled fashion designs into the margins of his maths books. He joked: “I was never going to be a huge hit on the soccer field,” in an interview with Vogue. After graduating from Ryeson University, Toronto, where he enrolled in 1995, Moralioglu began his career interning at Vivienne Westwood’s London office on archive duty before receiving the Cherening Scholarship from the British Council to afford further education at the Royal College of Art. Upon graduating, Moralioglu was selected as the final collection of the RCA’s highly anticipated graduate showcase. This lead to the designer travelling to New York to intern with Diane von Furstenburg in 2004.

The following year saw the launch of Erdem, making a debut at London Fashion Week’s Fashion Fringe. This was a real turning point for Moralioglu, winning prize money at the event. The following years included a collaboration with Mackintosh, receiving the Swarovski and British Fashion Council’s fashion enterprise award, and having his spring/summer 2009-spring/summer 2010 collections supported by the BFC’s Fashion Forward fund. This recognition encouraged Claudia Schiffer and Barney’s creative director Julie Gilhart, who had recently made the New York store Erdem’s largest international stockist, to wear Erdem dresses to the Met Ball in 2006.

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2009 was pivotal for Moralioglu: the year saw collaborations with luggage brand Globe Trotter, sunglasses with Cutler and Gross, limited edition designs for Smythson as well as being nominated for both the BFC’s collection of the year award and the Swiss textile award. Further success came with his success at the Elle Fashion Awards, winning the fashion future prize. The following year, Moralioglu went on to win the inaugural British Fashion Council and Vogue designer fashion fund prize for the second time, walking away with £200,000, the largest sum on record given to a UK based designer.

Moralioglu created a capsule collection sold exclusively at Net-A-Porter in June 2011. “This collection for Net-A-Porter is exclusive, it’s playful and relaxed,” Erdem told VOGUE.COM. The offerings included a selection of floral prints on seven pieces including shirts, trousers and dresses. In 2012, the designer collaborated with Topshop on a T-shirt to celebrate the brand’s 10 year anniversary sponsoring the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN scheme.

Not interested in following trends as such, Erdem concentrates only on making women look beautiful. “I never think about what’s sexy,” he told Australian Vogue. “I don’t agonise over whether her bum will look big in something. I focus on the silhouettes and the proportions and hope that takes care of everything.”

Jonny Johansson | ACNE – Ambition to Create Novel Expression

Jonny Johansson is the creative director and co-founder of Acne Studios, the Stockholm-based multidisciplinary fashion house. Acne Studios is a multidisciplinary luxury fashion house based in Stockholm, Sweden with own-brand retail stores in locations around the world It was founded in 1996 as part of the creative collective ACNE. The fashion house offers men’s and women’s ready-to-wear fashion, footwear, accessories and denim, as well as special artistic collaborations and one-off projects.

Johansson grew up in the north of Sweden and was originally a guitarist in several rock bands in his youth.

Johansson has stated that the early inspiration for Acne Studios came from the Warhol Factory.  Johansson is heavily influenced by art, design, literature and music and over the years he has collaborated with a diverse range of artists, photographers and designers such as Lanvin, Lord Snowdon and transsexual magazine Candy.  His characteristic style is an emphasis on tailoring and the use of eclectic materials and custom fabrics.
Acne Studios design men’s and women’s ready-to-wear fashion, footwear, accessories and denim.

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In 1996, Johansson and three colleagues founded the ACNE creative collective. ACNE stands for Ambition to Create Novel Expression, but Johansson has also expressed that he liked the idea of ‘appropriating a difficult word’ and making it cool.  In 1997, the Acne Studios fashion line was born when Johansson created 100 pairs of raw denim jeans with red stitching and gave them away to friends and family.
 The main women’s Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter collections are presented twice a year at Paris Fashion Week. The women’s Resort and Pre-Fall collections are presented in New York and men’s main collections are presented twice a year in Paris.  Acne Studios was founded in 1996 in Stockholm, Sweden as part of the creative collective ACNE that focused on graphic design, film, production and advertising.  The name ACNE stands for “Ambition to Create Novel Expressions”. In 1997, cofounder Jonny Johansson created one hundred pairs of raw denim jeans with red stitching and gave them away to friends and family. Wallpaper and Vogue Paris quickly picked up on the popularity of the jeans and Acne Studios rapidly expanded their fashion offering outside of denim.

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In 2006, Acne Studios became a standalone company and separated from Acne Film, Acne Advertising and Acne Digital, at the same time launching their ecommerce website Since launch, Acne Studios has grown into a global fashion house with retail stores around the world including Paris, London, New York,Los Angeles, Antwerp and Tokyo, offering women’s and men’s ready-to-wear collections, showing at Paris Fashion Week twice a year and turning over $120 million annually in 2013.

According to the Acne Studios environmental strategy the company wants to produce wares that are high quality and that has long life. Their goal in 2012 was to increase the amount of environmentally preferable materials and adds that their goal for 2014 is that 20 percent of all fabrics used in their “never-out-of-stock” products should be made of organic cotton or some similar environmentally stable material.



Bonnie Cashin | Timelessness

Bonnie Cashin born September 28, 1908 is considered one of the most significant pioneers of designer ready-to-wear, more commonly called sportswear, in America. Among the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful designers of the 20th century, Cashin was revered for her intellectual, artistic, and independent approach to fashion. Treating clothing as collage or kinetic art, she sculpted designs from luxurious organic materials including leather and mohair, both of which she first championed as appropriate for high-end fashion, as well as tweed, cashmere, and wool jersey. She initiated the use of industrial hardware on clothing and accessories, most famously with the brass toggle that she incorporated into her handbag designs for Coach, where she became founding designer in 1962.

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Favoring timeless shapes from the history of world clothing, her staple silhouettes included ponchos, tunics, Noh coats and kimonos, all of which allowed for ease of movement and manufacture. Cashin is also credited with introducing the concept of layering to fashion.

One might say that Bonnie Cashin was born to design. Her father, Carl, was a photographer and inventor; her mother Eunice a dressmaker. Born in Fresno, California in 1908, as a young child Bonnie played with her mother’s fabric scraps and drafted clothing illustrations. Eunice fiercely encouraged her daughter’s creativity, and she would prove to be a lifelong mentor and design partner.

In 1950, Cashin received the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award and Coty Fashion Critic’s Award for her first “return collection”. Displeased, however, with her manufacturer’s control over her creativity and frustrated with designing only coats and suits, she began working with multiple manufacturers to design a range of clothing at different price points. This enabled her to create complete wardrobes for modern living. In the 1950s, her prices ranged from $14.95 for a plastic raincoat to $2,000 for a fur kimono. At the time, it was unheard of for any designer to work for a variety of firms in so many different sectors of the business.

In 1953, Cashin teamed with leather importer Philip Sills and pioneered the use of leather for high fashion. Designing for her globetrotting lifestyle, she developed “layered” outfits, inspired by traditional Chinese dress, with the objective of creating a flexible wardrobe for modern nomads, whether a day’s travel was from country to country or city to suburb.

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In 1962, with Miles and Lillian Cahn, wholesale manufacturers of men’s wallets, she launched Coach as a women’s handbag and accessory firm. Her designer cachet and her inimitable aesthetic kept her in constant demand. She designed for companies ranging including American Airlines, Samsonite, Bergdorf Goodman, White Stag, and Hermès; she was the first American designer to have a boutique in Liberty’s of London.

Without licensing her name, Cashin also designed knitwear, gloves, totes, at-home gowns and robes, raincoats, umbrellas, hats and furs. Among many other honors she received the Coty Award (the precursor to the CFDA Award) five times, entering their Hall of Fame in 1972.  Bonnie Cashin retired from design in 1985 and devoted herself to painting and philanthropy.

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She had always been known among friends and colleagues for her generosity, and had long demonstrated her commitment to nurturing a new generation of innovative thinkers. To that end, she established a scholarship fund in her mother’s memory at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and an arts-focused lecture series in her uncle’s name at California Institute of Technology. In 1981, she started the Innovative Design Fund, a New York City nonprofit created to support educational and cultural institutions that promote creative thinking in design arts and encourage dialogue with creative minds in diverse disciplines. In 1988, the Innovative Design Fund was moved to The New York Community Trust. When she died on February 3, 2000, she left her estate to charity, and her executors created the Bonnie Cashin Fund in The New York Community Trust, “to be used for grants for educational, cultural, charitable, or scientific purposes, including libraries, museums, and schools, or for the rehabilitation and training of the poor and homeless, or for advanced scientific research.”