California College of the Arts' Centennial Gala and Threads Fashion Show will be the centerpiece of a yearlong celebration of the college's 100th anniversary. More than 1,300 guests are expected to attend the gala event on April 25 at San Francisco's Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason.
Lead sponsorship for the Centennial Gala is generously provided by Osterweis Capital Management, Levi Strauss Signature, and Saturn. Kay Kimpton Walker and Allison Speer are cochairs; Emily Carroll is honorary chair.
The festivities begin at 6 p.m. with a lavish cocktail reception and dinner catered by Taste, followed by the fashion show. Noted designer Stanlee Gatti has been tapped to provide the decor.
Featuring the original collections of up-and-coming designers, the Threads Fashion Show will be a high-caliber runway presentation with professional models. This year's designers were selected from the CCA Fashion Design class of 2007 by a jury of faculty and industry professionals.
Wilkes Bashford Honored
San Francisco retailer Wilkes Bashford will be honored for his contributions to the fashion community with the CCA Fashion Industry Award.
Hailed by Esquire magazine as "The Most Important Men's Fashion Specialist in the Country," Bashford is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Cutty Sark Award for the Best Men's Store, the Uomo Moda Collections Award for Italian Menswear in America, and the Hall of Fame of the International Best Dressed List.
The Wilkes Bashford Company operates four upscale retail stores with annual sales in excess of $30 million.
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Proceeds from the gala will support vital scholarships for CCA students.
Committee and Sponsors
"CCA is one of this country's most prestigious art colleges and it's an honor for me to cochair the Centennial Gala and Threads Fashion show," said Kay Kimpton Walker. "The response from the community has been so enthusiastic. I'd particularly like to thank our sponsors and patrons; their support is key to the success of the gala."
Cochair Allison Speer added, "CCA's fashion show is always one of the major highlights of the year and this year promises to be the best yet. Funds raised from the gala are earmarked for scholarships, assuring that the most deserving students will have access to the excellent education offered at the college."
About the Fashion Design Program
Established in 1996, the Fashion Design Program at CCA is idea driven, emphasizing both design concepts and skill development. Students learn the technical skills of pattern making, sewing, draping, and fashion illustration as well as visual and oral communication skills. CCA offers innovative courses, passionate teaching, and vigorous design discipline.
The program's goal is to graduate fashion designers of great individuality and originality who will contribute to fashion as an aspect of modern art and culture as they participate in the global fashion industry. Alumni of the program have gone on to positions with such prominent designers as Donna Karan, BCBG, and Alexander McQueen.
See Fashion Design for more about the program.
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts is the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States.
Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 20 undergraduate and six 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, and master of fine arts degrees.
With campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, CCA currently enrolls more than 1,600 full-time students.