Fashion Design News

Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Last month the humanities and sciences division at California College of the Arts presented Water Works, an exhibition on the Oakland campus that showcased collaborative and independent student projects that featured water as the running theme.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Associate professor Lynda Grose (right) with student

In the recently published Christian Science Monitor article "Trendy Threads from Waste," contributing writer Micheal Benanav turned to CCA Fashion Design Program assistant professor Lynda Grose and alumna Karina Michel (BFA 2009) for their expertise in designing with sustainability and economy of resources in mind.

Linda Grose: Industry Specialist & Sustainable Design Consultant

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Posted on Monday, February 7, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Fashion Design faculty member Lynda Grose [photo: Jim Norrena]

Known for her expertise in developing and promoting sustainable-minded practices in clothing manufacturing, Fashion Design assistant professor Lynda Grose was recently cited in the January issue of Mother Jones magazine ("Is Fake Leather Really More Eco-Friendly?").

The popular magazine turned to Grose because of her assertions that businesses within the fashion industry can be designed to create less impact by changing their focus.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Caroline Preibe (BFA Fashion Design 2004), whose New York–based online knitwear company Uluru has been featured in such high-profile magazines as Harper’s Bazaar, Lucky, Vogue, and New York magazine, is now a contributor to Ecouterre, a website devoted to the future of sustainable fashion design.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 by Chris Bliss

The winning team (l to r): Zahin Ali, Leslie Chen, James Zormeir (CCA), Cecilia Xia, and Jean Saung (CCA)

Students in CCA's Fashion Design Program paired up with UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business students to compete in a Levi Strauss & Co. case competition on sustainability. The challenge was to find a profitable business solution to address denim waste/reuse. For two weeks experts from Levi Strauss & Co. worked with the students on a variety of issues, including finance, design, strategy, sustainability, and garment life cycle.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 by Sarah Owens

Fashion Design student Sam E. Weinberg pieces together paper trianglesView slideshow 

This summer Fashion Design students were busy helping kids make geometry come alive. As part of the Exploratorium’s Geometry Playground summer exhibition was the “You’d Be Naked Without Geometry” event that offered five California College of the Arts Fashion Design students the chance to spur children’s creativity by making opulent dresses out of pink pattern-making paper.

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Posted on Friday, September 24, 2010 by Sarah Owens

Zara Franks wears her finished work for Fibershed, a 1920s-inspired hat and scarf.View slideshow 

CCA alumna Zara Franks (BFA Fashion Design 2009), owner/designer of Venn Apparel, is currently working with a unique research project, named “Fibershed,” that focuses for one year on a particular woman’s clothing. The project’s founder and subject, Rebecca Burgess, wears only locally produced garments made from sustainably manufactured fibers—all grown within 150 miles of her home in Marin County!

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Posted on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 by Samantha Braman

*Andrew Hague (Fashion Design 2008) always has his plate full. But that's the way he likes it. While he was still a student at CCA he began working for the San Francisco–based company Chrome Transport Inc as design director, and he stayed there for a year after he graduated. Then he flew to New York, where he had been hired as director of the Made to Measure custom suit division at Thom Browne. Hague describes Thom Browne as "a couture house that is straight out of the 1950s in nearly every way.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 by Sarah Owens

Alpcas are the source of Jeanette Peters' awarded machine-knit menswear design

Congratulations to recent California College of the Arts alumna Jeannette Peters (BFA Fashion Design 2010) who placed first in the seventh annual Fiber to Fashion Student Design Competition, presented by the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA). Sponsored by Fashion Design faculty member Lynda Grose, Peters’ winning project—a line of machine-knit alpaca-fiber menswear.

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Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2010 by Jim Norrena

(l to r) CCA chairs Julian Carter, Melinda L. de Jesús, and Tirza Latimer at the diversity conference [photo: Jim Norrena]

The “Doing ‘Diversity’: Making It or Faking It?” conference was the first-of-its-kind, all-day planning and discussion meeting devoted specifically to the issues of diversity representation and celebration here at California College of the Arts. The discussion panels laid the groundwork for the college to ratchet up its commitment to fostering greater diversity at CCA.

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