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Tampa Bay Fashion Week photo gallery

In a litter of puppies, Tampa Bay Fashion Week would be the scrappy one that refuses to get trampled. The area's biggest style event has steadily grown over four years, surviving the economy and graduating from tents to a grand ballroom. The designers have evolved, too, learning to balance big city fashion with the breezy aesthetic of where we are. Tampa Bay Fashion Week starts Tuesday with a spate of parties and culminates Friday with a fashion show at Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort in Palm Harbor. In the spirit of pushing through trying times (with a dash of Project Runway), we asked the designers to create high-fashion looks from size XXXL Hanes men's undershirts. They could dye, shred and embellish, as long as they stayed true to their styles. After all, they know about making something from nothing.

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