The Fashion Design Program at California College of the Arts Presents the Annual Fashion Show 2014

San Francisco, Calif., April 7, 2014 --The Fashion Design Program at California College of the Arts is pleased to announce the Annual Fashion Show 2014, which will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 16, 2014, at CCA’s San Francisco campus (1111 Eighth Street, at 16th and Wisconsin). The show features 19 new collections created by CCA’s senior Fashion Design students, juried by industry professionals and worn by runway models. General-admission tickets are $40 in advance. VIP tickets are $100 in advance and include admission to the pre-party at 6:30 p.m. and preferred seating at the event.

CCA is also happy to announce that this year’s Fashion Show will be the first major public event held in its recently acquired 2.5-acre “back lot,” behind the main building. The larger tent will accommodate even more fans of CCA’s fashion students and their work.

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:

Shirley Chong calls her collection “Fish Abyss.” It is inspired by The Collective Invention (1934), a Surrealistic painting by René Magritte showing a fantastic creature with a fish’s head and a woman’s lower torso and legs. To make her pieces, Chong researched fisherman’s gear from decades past and used laser cutters to shave and engrave images of human-fish hybrid creatures onto the fabric. She favors dreamy blues, grays, and lilac, with an occasional tint of yellow-green neon. Chong received an internship at Target at last summer and will continue there full-time after graduation.

Sindia Lin also finds inspiration in Surrealism for her children’s winter-wear collection “Realm of Dreams,” as she believes that Surrealism is actually very much like the way children think. Wool, bamboo knits, cotton, and some jersey in baby blues, white, peach, and black populate her collection. Twirling skirts and full-cropped pants, suspenders, and hanging-out pockets allow a wide range of movement without restriction. Her fun designs are accessorized by pillowy earmuffs and monster/animal bags inspired by squids, elephants, and aliens.

Erick Lopez’s men’s collection, “Modified,” is intended to turn heads. After 15 years of playing soccer, Lopez came to imagine the perfect man as an elite athlete “Frankensteined” by scientists. The Modified man’s look is intimidating, but also eye-catching. Lopez uses soft-shell, denim, jersey knits, and leather in shades of blue, navy, denim, and black, with occasional pops of neon orange.

Michelle Nam loved to collect odd little objects as a child, finding joy in gum wrappers, miniature figurines, and so on. For her senior collection, aptly titled “Keeper,” Nam uses transparent fabrics such as organza together with denser wools, in layers, The colors are mostly neutral grays and black. One top has dozens of pockets intended to hold little objects in the wearer’s collection. The idea behind this is to give comfort—to fill the small void felt by people who collect.

Amy Williams, chair of the Fashion Design Program, says, “There is nothing quite like seeing your designs on a human body. The runway show is the capstone experience for a fashion designer. Our students pour their passions into designs that express their training and individual ideals, anticipating the moment their collections come to life on the runway. Also, we are incredibly excited about being able to expand the show this year. We have an unprecedented 19 students in this cohort. The designers, their work, and their fans will truly make this a big, and wonderful, evening!”

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 Abercrombie & Fitch, Gap Inc., Gymboree, J. Crew / Madewell, Levi Strauss & Co., Nike, C2CPII, 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 22 undergraduate and 12 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 1,950 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 16, 2014

California College of the Arts presents the ANNUAL FASHION SHOW 2014

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: CCA San Francisco campus, 1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin), San Francisco CA 94107-2247

Cost: $40 in advance (general admission); $100 in advance (VIP ticket, includes admission to a pre-party and preferred seating at the event)

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