Fashion Design News

Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

As students at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, Aretha Sack and Janine Lee would mix nail polishes into their own custom colors, pour them back into the jar, and sell them - "just making some Franken-polish," said Lee, using the term popularized on crafting websites.

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Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

The friends met at California College of the Arts in Rockridge, where Lee, now 24, was a fashion major and Sacks, 25, studied painting. Unsatisfied with the nail polish on the market, Sacks mixed her own nail polish colors for fun and shared them with Lee and their other friends.

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Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 by A. Will Brown

Fashion Design chair Amy Williams with student [photo: Jim Norrena]

"In the end, sometimes clothes are just clothes."

So says CCA Fashion Design Program chair Amy Williams, in her typically unassuming manner, despite the fact that she's been ahead of the curve for years, both as an educator and as a designer.

When asked about her career the first thing she says, as if to get it out of the way, is that she is "not famous," but after meeting her, one wonders, why not? She has all the intangibles, and carries herself with a deeply professional and confident air. Even more striking is her lack of pomp or undercutting competitive attitude -- qualities that so often accompany success.

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Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013 by Jim Norrena

CCA's booth at Maker Faire received two Make magazine editor's choice awards

Ever since the college was founded in 1907, making art has defined what we do at California College of the Arts -- both what we create and how we create it.

Today we have a new challenge to how we create art. The Bay Area has become a vast melting pot of innovation driven by the demands of technology-reliant and design-savvy enthusiasts.

We live in the innovation corridor -- a unique stomping grounds where the doers and makers are integrating time-honored principles of craft into the ever-changing technological landscape.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 by Allison Byers

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.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by Allison Byers

As Gilda Radner once said, "I base my fashion taste on what doesn't itch." But nonetheless, I sacrificed a perfectly good night of TV watching to escort my 11 year old to the California College of the Arts Fashion Show last Friday, May 17, 2013.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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