Fashion entrepreneur, designer and writer Sharon Blair (center) studied couture sewing in Paris with Anne Bizet (l) and Muriel Ivagnes (r) at the Paris American Academy. Sharon also has a bachelors and a masters and advanced studies in apparel.

Portland Fashion Institute started business as Portland Sewing in 2002 with a beginning sewing class for four students. The business grew to add classes in intermediate and advanced sewing.  In 2010, the institute added classes on the business of apparel.  In 2016, Oregon made it a licensed career institute, offering three certificates aimed to give people the skills to start businesses and get jobs at apparel companies.  In 2019, the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) accredited PFI.

Sharon Blair owns and directs Portland Fashion Institute.

She is on the board and a judge for local fashion organizations and several charities.

Her apparel life began more than 40 years ago in a custom clothing business, ready-to-wear and as a business consultant.

Sharon’s work has been featured in national and local publications. She has appeared on local and national television.


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