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Pamela Ptak is the owner/designer of the Ready-To-Wear fashion line “Pamela Ptak.”, which creates ladies dresses & separates with intriguing and unusual lines, textures & motifs. She also designs custom couture gowns with architectural forms under the label “Ptak Couture™”. See also

To understand Pamela Ptak's level of design skill, knowledge, enthusiasm & professionalism, simply turn to the fashion experts & writers who have given her work their public critique.

  • During a taped interview for the Lifetime television program "Project Runway" celebrated mentor Tim Gunn told Pamela Ptak "These are among the most beautifully constructed clothes I've ever seen." and followed with "I think you are on the cusp of something big."

  • From writer Jennifer Smith Tapp..."Bucks County resident and couturier Pamela Ptak is in the business of making wedding and holiday-in-Capri fantasies come true." and "More proof that the stars in the fashion galaxy do not all shine in New York City or Paris.”

  •  And Kathryn Clark writes...“Bucks County couturier Pamela Ptak lives, breathes, loves and creates high fashion…An ocean away from Paris, she nevertheless designs clothing in the tradition of Haute Couture, using the old French methods for draping and handwork."



Fashion designer Pamela Ptak's runway fashion show at the Michener Museum of Art in Doylestown, PA in a "Canines on the Catwalk" fund-raiser for animal rescues. Featured model Alexandra Svetlichnaya  wearing a sculptural black silk taffeta dress

Pamela Ptak received her bachelors degree in Art & Design from Pratt Institute, did further studies in fashion design/pattern making at the French founded Maison Sapho School of Dressmaking & Design and at Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC...a delightful 8 years of higher education.

Pamela worked as a pattern maker, draper & sample maker for several NYC fashion designers on collections for their NYC RTW shows as well as Paris Haute Couture collections most notably 11 seasons freelancing at Chado Ralph Rucci.  Pamela regularly works freelance for NYC designers doing conceptual work, design, sample making and helping set their factory standards for design & construction.

She’s a frequent lecturer on design & creativity, co-founder of the Arts and Fashion Institute™, a program initiated in 2003 to advance the skills of fashion professionals, college grads and sewing enthusiasts which now includes instruction in fine arts and sequential arts. She authored “Fashion Portfolios 101: Presentation Techniques for Independent Designers & Dressmakers” (Glass Lane Press, 2003) (available at her studio) for sewers wishing to establish home-based design businesses.

Her fashion illustrations were included in exhibitions at Le Musee des Arts Asiatique in Nice, France, the Puck Gallery in NYC and on the ABC-TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”. She was a fashion designer on Project Runway Season 7 on Lifetime TV. Her work was featured on WLVT-TV’s PBS show Tempo and she was profiled on WWW.VIVMAG.COM,   WWW.SOCOMAGAZINE.COM, featured in the Feb/March 2010 issue of Soco Magazine and the Fall Couture Fashion issue of Bucks magazine. Her garments have graced the cover & cover stories in several annual couture issues of Stitches Magazine. Her newspaper write-ups are too numerous to list, but you may read a few on the press page at

My goal is to assist each student in the development of  their own individual voice & vision while training them with the highest & most competitive artistic & aesthetic standards. To present every conceivable technique which students can utilize in their personal design. To empower them to find the greatness within them.

- Pamela Ptak

BFA Pratt Institute, NYC (w/high honors)

Fashion Institute of Technology (4.0)

Maison Sapho School of Dressmaking & Design


Arts and Fashion Institute™ - Fashion Draping, Pattern Making, Fashion Illustration, Creative Sewing, Couture Corseted Evening Wear, Haute Couture Textures, and her own Radical Free Draping™ and Radical Pattern Design™


Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA – Graduate Program - Designed & taught Couture Corseted Evening Wear classes, trained additional instructors. Designed/taught lingerie specialization.


LCCC/Baum School of Art – Developed & expanded fashion program, taught Fashion Draping, Pattern Making, Illustration


“Pamela Ptak” and “Ptak Couture”, 1994 – Present, women’s RTW and couture line

curvy women's knitwear line 2017-18 – pattern maker/sample maker 

brand launch in NYC 2017-18 – designer/pattern maker/sample maker for new product


High end RTW brand & factory in NYC 2016-17 – freelance consultant 


Shelley Steffee, NYC Spring 2007, – custom draper & patternmaker for F/W collection 

Chado Ralph Rucci, NYC - Feb. 2003 – 2006, seasonal freelance sewing/embellishing  on both his NYC Ready-to-Wear and Paris Haute Couture collections


Lifetime TV's "Project Runway Season 7"

NFL Network's "Top 10 Uniforms"

HGTV's DIY Network's "Sew Much More"

ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"

AMC Network's "Comic Book Men"

WFMZ-TV Morning News & Edicion en Espanol


Princeton TV "Zombie Etiquette"

Princeton TV Holiday Host


The Baltimore Sewing Examiner, Friday, Feb. 4, 2010 by Wendy Kaufman

Interview with "Project Runway" season 7 designer Pamela Ptak

More coming soon


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