2012 Annual Fashion Show

The Fashion Design Program at California College of the Arts is pleased to announce the Annual Fashion Show 2012, which will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2012, at CCA’s San Francisco campus (1111 Eighth Street, at 16th and Wisconsin). The show features 13 new collections created by CCA’s senior Fashion Design students, juried by industry professionals and worn by runway models. General-admission tickets are $40. VIP tickets are $100 and include admission to the pre-party at 6:30 p.m. and preferred seating at the event.

“At CCA, we encourage each individual designer to develop a thesis collection that reflects their aesthetic perspective and artistic innovation,” remarks CCA Fashion Design Program chair Amy Williams. “This year, the ‘aha’ moments of the senior cohort were exceptionally sure and true. The results are 13 distinct, individual, highly innovative collections! I can hardly wait for the public to meet these outstanding emerging talents. And to have Maybelline as presenting sponsor to support this celebration of the students’ creative work is a perfect statement of fashion collaboration.”

This year’s senior class is packed with talented designers whose cutting-edge creations are aimed at a wide variety of audiences. Following are a few of the 13 featured designers:

Zero-waste aficionado Annie McCourt recently completed an internship in India, where she designed a collection using entirely recycled textiles. Her senior collection likewise adheres to the no-waste mantra; her process of cutting and patterning with only straight lines and 90- and 60-degree angles eliminates pattern-cut waste. She uses silk charmeuse, Italian wool knit, and Oxford brogue flats. Her triangular-shaped gowns and pant garments suggest elements of both the feminine and the masculine.

Lauren Levin adheres to an exploratory conceptual style that she discovered while studying in Geneva. She is interested in what she calls a global collage of textiles and shapes: the traditional garb of Ecuador, handcrafted elements, and sheer textiles with a Continental feel. She incorporates colors of tea, dusty rose, and cream in organza, chiffon, and silk twill. Her collection includes gowns paired with trousers, slacks, flowing dresses, and skirts with lots of volume.

Vishaka Sachi Henrietta, winner of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Scholarship, is inspired by negative space and curvilinear shapes, for instance eroded coastline landscapes and the work of the Spanish sculptor Eduardo Chillida. Her women’s collection uses wool, cashmere, and flannel in colors of dark brown, navy, canary yellow, and turquoise.

Steven Soundara’s men’s collection is inspired by the disappointment of falling in and out of love. He calls his garments “anti-bespoke” and intends to convey feelings of pain through the tailoring. He favors layers and waxy finishes, and his materials include wools, leathers, and treated denim together with sweater knits. The collection is dominated by black, with hints of dark blue, red, and gray deployed strategically throughout.

Fashion Show attendees this evening will also get to see projects from Fashioning Functional Gear, a recent course taught by fashion designer Lyndsie Nash and industrial designer Colin Owen. Students in the course investigated the intersection of fashion design and industrial design, and were challenged to build aesthetically pleasing, functional, wearable gear.

Also this evening, the international fashion magazine Surface will again present its Emerging Talent Award to one particularly gifted member of CCA’s graduating Fashion Design class. The winner, selected by the editors, will receive a profile of his or her work in the magazine’s annual “Avant Guardian” issue and will be flown to New York to attend the photo shoot.

About CCA’s Fashion Design Program

Established in 1996, CCA’s Fashion Design Program is an idea-driven, craft-based course of study that emphasizes design concepts and skill development. The goal is to produce designers of daring originality who are willing to explore across disciplines and contribute to fashion as an aspect of modern art and culture. Students gain technical expertise in pattern making, sewing, draping, and fashion illustration. They develop creative solutions to the challenges of sustainability by designing fashions that respect the environment and preserve native cultures. Alumni are working in all aspects of the industry for companies such as John Varvatos, Abercrombie & Fitch, Gap Inc., Gymboree, J. Crew / Madewell, Levi Strauss & Co., TIBI, Ralph Lauren, Narciso Rodriguez, Athleta, Badgley Mischka, and Thom Browne. Many have developed their own firms in the United States and abroad.

About California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is noted for the interdisciplinarity and breadth of its programs. It offers studies in 21 undergraduate and seven graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts, master of fine arts, and master of business administration degrees. With campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students. Noted alumni include the painters Nathan Oliveira and Raymond Saunders; the ceramicists Robert Arneson, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the filmmaker Wayne Wang; the conceptual artists David Ireland and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas and Michael Vanderbyl. For more information about CCA, visit cca.edu.


California College of the Arts presents the
Date: Friday, May 11, 2012
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: CCA San Francisco campus, 1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin)
Cost: $40 (general admission); $100 (VIP ticket, includes admission to a pre-party and preferred seating at the event)
Info: cca.edu/fashionshow

PRESS CONTACT: Brenda Tucker 415.336.7528 btucker@cca.edu

PUBLIC CONTACT: cca.edu/fashionshow