PITTSFIELD — The Mid-Maine Community Forum will feature Pittsfield sisters and business partners Jill and Jolene McGowan. They will present Sisters in the Fashion Business at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Universalist Church of Pittsfield, on the corner Easy and Main streets.

Founded in 1994, the first line of clothing from Jill McGowan, Inc. was a series of white shirts. This line was inspired by Jill’s work as a patternmaker for the famed menswear manufacturer, the Hathaway Shirt Co. After comparing her work on men’s shirts to women’s clothing of equal price, she realized the genuine need to improve the standard of women’s clothing.

The shirts and seasonal collections are now available in more than 300 specialty stores around the country and her work has been featured in several publications including Women’s Wear Daily, Harper’s Bazaar, the New York Times, Victoria, Real Simple, More magazine and the online fashion site: Daily Candy.

The Forum is free and open to all. For more information, call Trudy Ferland at 487-6523.

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