Fashion Design News

Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

California College of the Arts (CCA) held its Black is the New Black alumni fashion show gala at the school’s San Francisco campus. Designer Stanlee Gatti transformed CCA’s central nave into a contemporary space with a runway and family-style seating for a dinner catered by Taste. Proceeds benefited CCA’s student scholarships.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by Laura Braun

Featuring original collections by 13 senior designers, judged by industry pros, and showcased by professional models, this fashion-forward presentation reinforces why it's become a staple in the college's lineup of annual events. Ogle fresh new collections from the edge of the catwalk, and enjoy a preshow mingle over wine and hors d'oeuvres with faculty, students, and industry partners with a VIP Ticket. Doors open to general admission at 7:30pm.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 by Laura Braun

And though an oversize squid was of the stuffed variety, 335 guests cheered wildly March 25 as tiny tots modeled dream-inspired clothing by Simply designer Pin Yun (SindiaLin during the California College of the Arts’ “Black Is the New Black” Gala Alumni Fashion Show.

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Posted on Friday, April 3, 2015 by Laura Braun

On Wednesday March 25, California College of the Arts held its annual Alumni Fashion Show Gala on its San Francisco campus in SoMa. Guests at the dinner got a look at a CCA fashion show of work by emerging leaders in the industry who created a variety of looks from made-to-measure menswear to children’s clothes.

Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by Laura Braun

Orange isn’t the new black; or at least it wasn’t at at the California College of the Arts’ annual gala, Black is the New Black, a memorable evening of fashion and fun. The CCA Gala, a fundraising event to support scholarships at CCA, was held March 25 on the CCA’s San Francisco campus in the spectacular architecture award-winning Nave — transformed by Stanlee Gatti for this occasion.

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Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Laura Braun

From the Serpent & Bow blog

When Rachel Blodgett (Textiles/Printmaking, 2011) first arrived at CCA’s Oakland campus, she knew she had found her place. As someone drawn to history and nature, the century-old college and its foliage-laden campus instantly called to her.

In fact, the lush landscape of the campus served as an impetus for her fascination with dyes, which inspired her to launch Serpent & Bow, a full-fledged online business specializing mainly in sustainable indigo-dyed lingerie.

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“The Oakland campus felt magical and it just felt like home to me. I enjoyed taking the shuttle between campuses. My first year I took Fashion [Design] and had to get up early and it was just really beautiful,” says Blodgett.

Posted on Monday, January 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

A CFDA-affiliated school, its students have won many industry awards and landed jobs with marquee-name labels and companies, including Nike, Badgley Mischka and Thom Browne. There is also a notable focus on sustainable design. 

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Posted on Friday, December 26, 2014 by Rachel Walther

Fashion chair Amy Williams with Laura SchmitsView slideshow 

At Madewell’s bustling fashion design offices in Manhattan, CCA alumna Laura Schmits (Fashion Design 2010) is part of a growing creative team. Madewell is owned and nurtured by its parent company, J.Crew.

Schmits’s career has seen a rapid rise into New York’s fashion scene aided by her consistent vision of clothing that is minimal and precise.

Posted on Monday, November 10, 2014 by Laura Braun

That’s why we believe its so important to support educators, such as California College of the Arts (CCA). Over the past eighteen years, CCA has led the pack in developing an undergraduate program dedicated to helping shape a new type of apparel design graduate — one that possesses the skills to design a beautiful collection and the desire to do so in a way that considers sustainability.

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Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014 by Laura Braun

In June CCA students from across multiple disciplines participated in CCA+AIR (Audi Innovation Research) Fellowship: Beyond Mobility, an intensive two-week design challenge that brought the Audi Group's leading designers -- and a host of other local designers -- to campus to hear students present about the next phase of creating luxury automobiles.

Architecture faculty members and Future Cities Lab partners Nataly Gattegno and Jason Kelly Johnson and Markus Auerbach from Audi AG’s AIR team spearheaded the event, which called for an interdisciplinary cross-section of program chairs to nominate students, who would then apply for the fellowship.

Auerbach emphasized daily a basic principle to which all Audi designers rely: “Humans have basic needs and rich desires.”

Students worked in teams and were instructed to keep the fundamental design consideration in mind as they envisioned the design of future automobiles for Audi AG, one of the "German Big 3" luxury automakers (along with BMW and Mercedes-Benz, which are the three best-selling luxury automakers in the world).