In a new twist on sustainable fashion, designers aren't just embracing new fabrics made from organic cotton, hemp or bamboo, they're pawing through piles of clothing waste, crafting high-fashion, hand-made items from old cashmere sweaters, T- shirts and other castoffs.
Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 by Allison Byers
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 by Allison Byers
As we searched for the right image to feature on this month’s cover—something timely, and unusually provocative, smart, and beautiful—we realized that all our descriptors still apply, but that “beauty” has become an elusive ideal. Design’s expressions—product design in this case, but we may as well be talking about design at every scale—have become more complex than the foreground objects we celebrated in the last century.
Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 by Jim Norrena
Fashion design collections are built each year by emerging new fashion designers. The student collections blossom, as do the designers with each day (and night) spent in the studios.
Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 by Allison Byers
You know you're a winner when a panel of judges wants to wear what you've just designed.
"We all wanted to order Justin Jamison's jeans on the spot," said designer Jeanne Allen, referring to one of six emerging fashion designers selected for a new Fashion Incubator San Francisco program.
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2012 by Jim Norrena
Sustainable materials and design processes are weaved into the Fashion Design curriculum. [photo: Jim Norrena]
Source4Style, an online marketplace for trendsetting designers who seek cutting-edge materials for their design needs, called out CCA's Fashion Design Program as an innovative leader in the sustainability movement, ranking the college's design program fourth in its "Top 10 Sustainable Design Universities" December post!
Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2011 by Clay Walsh
Congratulations to this year's juried R.A.W. Video (real artists at work) contest winners! The contest, open to all current CCA students, challenged contestants to create a two-minute (maximum) high-resolution digital film (including audio) with “In and Out of the Studio" as the required theme.
The goal was to encourage students to pick up their digital camcorders and highlight their community at CCA—whether in the classroom, studio, residence hall—or away from the college altogether. And the goal was definitely met several times over!
2011 R.A.W. Video Contest Winners
Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 by Jim Norrena
Cory Gunter Brown and Cassidy Hope Wright founded The Moon, a self-described "slow fashion" boutique and design studio in 2007
This is the first installment in a series of artist profiles that depicts CCA's connection to the Oakland Art Murmur -- in particular to 25th Street in downtown Oakland, where in almost any given gallery, shop, or studio, artists from California College of the Arts are making their living in the arts. Collectively, they are changing the cultural landscape of Oakland, elevating its reputation as one of today’s most talked-about art scenes.
Earlier this summer, while walking along 25th Street between Broadway and Telegraph avenues in downtown Oakland, I found myself appreciating a discernible shift in the neighborhood's appearance. It used to be only abandoned warehouses and defunct automotive repair shops comprised the city blocks in this area (the result of 1989's Loma Prieta earthquake, which took its toll on an already economically depressed downtown Oakland).
Yet now, slowly, one by one, this same area seems to be the impetus for an appreciable spate of creative businesses and artist live/work spaces.
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 by Jim Norrena
2011 Fashion Design Senior Class
Patricia Lucia Arroyo
Awards: Surface Magazine Emerging Talent Award; scholarship/internship with Nicole Miller)
Ardour stems from past memories and experiences of the ocean. The sea translates into a stylized form of self-expression through garments that suggest a sophistication as explored in the seaming, leathers, suedes, hardware, and jewelry techniques.
Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 by Jim Norrena
The 2011 Annual Fashion Show has come and gone. Get all the highlights, plus an interview with Fashion Design chair Amy Williams
The Annual Fashion Show 2011 at California College of the Arts, the capstone experience for Fashion Design seniors, unfolded Friday, May 13, with all the characteristic grandstand presentation the college and its community have come to expect. And once again, with 800 persons in attendance, the shindig was completely sold out!
Watch the slideshow » (Select "show info" in the upper right-hand corner to see the name of the designer.)
Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 by Jim Norrena
Amy Williams, chair of CCA's undergraduate Fashion Design Program [photo: Jim Norrena]
As part of my recent review of the 2011 Annual Fashion Show, I sat down with Fashion Design chair Amy Williams to chat about her most important event of the year. She's passionate about her work, and I had no difficulty getting her to discuss what truly matters most at the end of the, er, runway: the students and their careers.
Q: So what does it take to plan the Annual Fashion Show? And what’s next?