The first thing you might notice about Aretha Sack — apart from her tattoos and prodigiously blond, wavy, and long hair — are her fingernails, which on any given occasion are painted some shade of lime green, coral, or other eye-catching hues. The 25-year-old Oakland resident dresses up her digits daily, and has done so everywhere from BART stations to the Legion of Honor. Although she moved to the Bay Area from Austin in 2007 to study painting and drawing at the California College of the Arts, she soon found that she preferred her own lacquer and nails to acrylic and canvas.Read the rest
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Posted on Friday, May 24, 2013 by Allison Byers
Fashion’s future was on the runway at California College of the Arts’ annual fashion show in San Francisco.
Graduating students in the fashion design program at the California College of the Arts showcased their thesis collections in the design school’s annual fashion show, held May 17 at CCA’s San Francisco campus.
The show also featured the work of students in CCA’s “Fashioning Functional Gear” course, which investigates “the intersection of fashion design and industrial design.”Read the rest
Posted on Friday, May 24, 2013 by Allison Byers
For CCA grad Tiśina Parker, fashion design is more than stylish, trend-setting apparel, and her collection—4th Dimension—for CCA's graduation fashion show illustrated just that.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Allison Byers
The art exhibitions in the CCA building seemed to resemble construction work at times that I was momentarily confused whether the school is currently undergoing a renovation. But after seeing fashionable Amy Williams walking about seamlessly around and about the installations and towards the VIP reception at the back, all was fine in the world. I should not be surprised; CCA is the top school in the world for sustainable fashion education. No materials are off-limits, the students’ creativities are boundless and refreshing.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by Rachel Walther
Alumna Mary Meyer (Painting 2001) was born and raised in California, but her affinity for the East Coast eventually drew her to New York, and she's never looked back.
Today she owns and operates Mary Meyer Clothing, a storefront shop in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn and a wholesale business. She produces and sells clothing of her own design, and also represents several other independent designers.
Her work is a mixture of organic and angular -- natural fabrics with sharp angles and bold shapes.
Meyer credits the success of her company to the enthusiasm for experimentation and innovation fostered during her years at CCA.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 by Allison Byers
Textiles instructor Sasha Duerr (center) and Local Wisdom students (photo: Jim Norrena)
This spring, CCA Fashion Design students addressed questions about garment use while participating in Local Wisdom, an ongoing international fashion research project that examines how we use, share, and engage with our clothes.
Several student projects selected as finalists will be featured in spring 2014 in a participatory symposium and exhibition in London, along with work from six other international design schools.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by Allison Byers
The month of May not only ushers in warm weather, it traditionally kicks off student show season. With no less than seven schools with a fashion program in the San Francsico Bay Area there are a bevy of opportunities to get out and see what tomorrow's aspiring designers have to offer. First in line to show, and honestly a major SW favorite due to the consistently creative and well executed collections, is the California College of the Arts Senior Fashion Show, set to take to the runway May 17th.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by Michacia Jones
Earlier this month, CCA alumna Amber Clisura took over the Oakland Metro Opera house to debut her line of Salt Clothing in a fashion show, featuring local Bay Area designers.
Maghan McDowell, who writes for the Style section of the San Francisco Chronicle's Style section was there to capture the event.Read the rest
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