Project Runway winner Ashley Nell Tipton headlines 2018 TCF Style Expo

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ATLANTA, GA: Since 2015, the TCFStyle Expo, is a body-positive fashion convention that takes online conversations about plus-size fashion and advocacy, offline. Independent and mainstream fashion brands are represented here, and women & men bond over style, entertainment and empowerment. This year’s event is happening on August 11-12 at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, Georgia.

Shop until you drop with a curated selection of amazing plus size fashion & Big & Tall brands and designers in your personal plus size mall.

Designer Ashley Nell Tipton

Featured at this year’s event is California-born Ashley Nell Tipton, whose passion for fashion started at a very young age where she learned to sew on her grandmother’s sewing machine. Tipton went on to attend Fashion Careers College where she got her AA in Fashion Design and Technology. Her senior collection at Fashion Careers College was highlighted in the annual Golden Hanger Fashion Awards. She’s also showed her collection at New York’s Full Figured Fashion Week in 2012. 

After entering and winning Project Runway in 2015 Ashley signed a contract with clothing retail giant JC Penny to design and be the face of their “plus-size” Boutique +.  She has also designed Plus Sized patterns for Simplicity and her own jewelry line for K&M Accessories. Gifted in understanding the needs of the plus-size consumer Ashley released her first line of apparel and eyewear in November of 2017 and continues to work as a design consultant for other plus size establishments.

Body image issues plaguing the plus community, the focus has been mainly on women. Now big and tall men are also stepping up the plate to have some serious discussions of their own regarding body image and today’s society. The 2018 TCFStyle Expo proudly presents an open panel discussion with Kelvin Davis of Notorious Dapper, Kirklan Hawes of XLTribe and Mickey Armstrong of District of Curves for the mens panel, The Male Body Image Product. This panel is here to shed light on what men are taught on the subject of sharing their feelings nor talking about anything that may be perceived as “weak.” This mindset causes many men to suffer in silence for fear of being ridiculed.

Because there is more to life than shopping, the TCF Style Expo will bringing many dynamic speakers, special guest performers, and activations including Writer and producer Toy Monique, Stylist Frank Grimsley, blogger Chasi Jernigan, Cosplayer Talynn Kel, Photographer Rick Jones, Writer and Author Marcy Cruz, Blogger and Model Lorna Finn  and more.

These workshops, panels, and resources to empower the plus size business owner, blogger, and entrepreneur.

For tickets and information, visit the TFC Style Expo online.

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Christine Anne Piesyk has been a journalist for more than 50 years. Her credits include positions as Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Staff Writer specializing in education, leisure living, food and arts and entertainment. She was co-producer, writer and on air persona for the Entertainment Review for 25 years. Now "retired," she finds herself working on online websites and as a book editor. In her other life, she is a costume designer in her daughter's company, Gemini Dream Designs.

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