CCA Fashion Design Program Presents 2013 Annual Fashion Show

Friday, May 17, 2013: The Fashion Design Program at California College of the Arts is pleased to announce the Annual Fashion Show 2013, which will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2013, at CCA's San Francisco campus (1111 Eighth Street, at 16th and Wisconsin).

The show features eight 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.

CCA Fashion Design Program chair Amy Williams says, "Each year our Fashion Design students push the boundaries of traditional fashion forward. This senior cohort is no different. These young design innovators stretched their thinking and making skills far beyond the confines of their studio training. They have all questioned for themselves the hows and whys of today’s fashion market, and each strives to respond by showcasing a material answer constructed from their personal perspective. I am so excited to introduce the public to this year's emerging talents."

The cutting-edge creations of this year’s talented designers are aimed at a wide variety of audiences. Following are a few of the featured designers:

Inspired by her Mexican heritage, Marisol Duran based her collection, titled Lágrimas Eternas, on the legend of La Llorona, the weeping woman. Each stage of the narrative -- the seductress, the killer, the remorseful one -- is captured in a different design, and the character maintains a ghost-like appearance throughout.

Duran emphasizes colors and materials that underscore the idea of the dramatic: maroon, black, and white, and leather, wool, and sheer chiffon.

Polly Lai titles her collection Doll in a Bubble. The pieces are sheer organza and lace, with double layers and high collars that lend themselves to youthful, ready-to-wear feminine silhouettes. Her mix-and-match outfits consist of shorts, jumpers, skirts, and dresses in cream white, pale pink, peach, and beige. Her collection flirts with sugar and spice to create what she calls a sweet, fresh statement of pure femininity.

Irina Murphy emphasizes the physical and metaphorical fragility of human beings via clothing that represents shelter. The pieces in her collection, titled Haven, cover most of the body -- even serve to hide a person's identity -- via high necks, long sleeves, and sunglasses. They are made from wool, leather, and silk, with a great deal of hand embroidery.

The colors are mostly dark -- navy blue, dark purple, dark red, and dark green -- but Murphy uses bright fabrics for the linings, which reveal themselves on the runway as subtle flashes of color. Form-fitting smocking around the chest and shoulders introduces a subtle element of femininity.

Tisina T. Parker created her collection, titled 4th Dimension, using mathematical algorithms based on geometric patterns. The patterns are inspired by Native American textile traditions and aesthetics, but with a contemporary twist; she is particularly influenced by the fashion designers Iris van Herpen and Issey Miyake.

The collection includes shorts, a jumper, and three dresses. Parker happens to be the granddaughter of 2006 CCA honorary doctorate recipient Julia Florence Parker.

2013 Annual Fashion Show attendees will also get to see the latest new projects from Fashioning Functional Gear, a course in which CCA students investigate the intersection of fashion design and industrial design and are challenged to build aesthetically pleasing, functional, wearable "gear."

Also this evening, 7x7 magazine will present its Emerging Talent Award to one particularly gifted member of CCA’s graduating Fashion Design class.

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) offers 21 undergraduate and 10 graduate programs in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers BFA, BA, MFA, MA, MBA, BArch, MArch, and MAAD degrees. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, and currently enrolls 1,900 full-time students. CCA students are encouraged to work in an interdisciplinary manner, undertaking projects and collaborations with students in other majors and engaging with outside communities.

Noted alumni include the artists Nathan Oliveira, Jules de Balincourt, Robert Arneson, Robert Bechtle, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the Oscar-winning filmmaker Audrey Marrs; the illustrator Tomie de Paola; the conceptual artists Harrell Fletcher, David Ireland, and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas, Michael Vanderbyl, and Gary Hutton. For more information about CCA, visit

Friday, May 17, 2013
California College of the Arts presents the ANNUAL FASHION SHOW 2013
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: CCA San Francisco campus, 1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin), San Francisco CA 94107-2247
Cost: $40 (general admission); $100 (VIP ticket, includes admission to a pre-party and preferred seating at the event)
Info and tickets:

PRESS CONTACT: Brenda Tucker 415.336.7528