I was unfamiliar with the Art Institute of Portland until a friend moved here from California specifically to study fashion design there. It’s located in the Pearl at 1122 NW Davis St. To be honest, I have been very happy ignoring fashion for most of my life, but I recognize its importance in the lives of many. Just recently, “Fashion Week” occurred in New York City, and that’s a big deal every year. Next week, The Art Institute of Portland kicks off Portland Fashion Week. Check out the article in the Oregonian for details. Local businesses are supporting the event.