Flint fashion designer takes creations to international runway

Published: Oct. 17, 2019 at 12:25 PM EDT
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(10/17/2019) - Fresh off the runway, a Flint fashion designer is stepping into the international spotlight.

Shay Oliver has been designing locally for years, but she said her first Fashion Week experience was something she never expected.

"I've always had a passion, well, for fashion," she said.

That passion has taken Oliver from the bricks of Flint to the runway over 2,000 miles away at Vancouver Fashion Week.

"The rep, Anna, she reached out to me through Instagram through a DM message," said Oliver.

That message ended up being the opportunity of a lifetime, having her new 12-piece collection showcased in front of some of the biggest names in the fashion industry.

"It was not chaotic like I thought it would be," said Oliver. "You see videos of project runway and in the back everyone is hustling and bustling, trying to get things done. But everything was really organized and I had people to help me."

The pieces are one-of-a-kind -- bright, sparkling and eye-catching. But there's one thing they all have in common: They were inspired by Flint.

"Just the whole entrepreneurial scene in Flint, Michigan. I just feel like we have tons of talent," said Oliver. "Just so many entrepreneurs springing up and they're bold, they're innovative and they're just putting their foot the the pedal and pushing and going."

Oliver said her pieces will be available on her website starting in November.