Haute Photography and Videography Dennita Sewell, the Phoenix Art Museums Jacquie Dorrance curator of fashion design, with Karin Legato at the Emphatics exhibition opening. Fashions from the former Downtown boutique will be part of the "Operatically Emphatic" fashion event to benefit Pittsburgh Opera. Courtesy of Emphatics Thierry Mugler silk taffeta dress with belt from Emphatics archive. By Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette What do exotic opera costumes and avant-garde fashions have in common? Theyre works of art that will be spotlighted at Pittsburgh Operas Operatically Emphatic event on Thursday. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., a fashion show will be held in the operas Strip District headquarters to benefit Pittsburgh Opera. Models will be dressed in high-fashion pieces from the former Emphatics boutique , located Downtown in One Oxford Centre before it closed in 2013. Theyll be joined by some of Pittsburgh Operas resident artists, who will be outfitted in costumes from the operas wardrobe vault. Studio Booth in Shadyside will style hair and makeup, inspired by the drama and grandeur of the stage. Great fashion transcends being a mere outfit and enters the realm of theater and opera, said Pittsburgh Opera general director Christopher Hahn.