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.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Allison Byers
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.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 by Allison Byers
Textiles instructor Sasha Duerr (center) and Local Wisdom students (photo: Jim Norrena)
This spring, CCA Fashion Design students addressed questions about garment use while participating in Local Wisdom, an ongoing international fashion research project that examines how we use, share, and engage with our clothes.
Several student projects selected as finalists will be featured in spring 2014 in a participatory symposium and exhibition in London, along with work from six other international design schools.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by Allison Byers
The month of May not only ushers in warm weather, it traditionally kicks off student show season. With no less than seven schools with a fashion program in the San Francsico Bay Area there are a bevy of opportunities to get out and see what tomorrow's aspiring designers have to offer. First in line to show, and honestly a major SW favorite due to the consistently creative and well executed collections, is the California College of the Arts Senior Fashion Show, set to take to the runway May 17th.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by Michecia Jones
Earlier this month, CCA alumna Amber Clisura took over the Oakland Metro Opera house to debut her line of Salt Clothing in a fashion show, featuring local Bay Area designers.
Maghan McDowell, who writes for the Style section of the San Francisco Chronicle's Style section was there to capture the event.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by Michecia Jones
Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by Allison Byers
“Absolutely, I think it’s a smart investment for students to learn about sustainable design, because it’s very much the future of our industry,” Amy Williams, chair of the fashion program at the California College of Arts, said.
So, with that in mind, and this being Earth Day and all, we rounded up the top five eco-minded fashion programs all around the globe.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 by Brenda Tucker
Friday, May 17, 2013: The Fashion Design Program at California College of the Arts is pleased to announce the Annual Fashion Show 2013, which will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2013, at CCA’s San Francisco campus (1111 Eighth Street, at 16th and Wisconsin).
The show features eight new collections created by CCA’s senior Fashion Design students, juried by industry professionals and worn by runway models. General-admission tickets are $40. VIP tickets are $100 and include admission to the pre-party at 6:30 p.m. and preferred seating at the event.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 by Allison Byers
Barriers to international manufacturing and high fuel costs have long made overseas production painful for small businesses. Now, an economic trend towards American manufacturing has created a timely entrance to the market for Maker’s Row. The startup, a finalist in last week’s Women 2.0 Pitch Competition, says it wants to become a go-to resource to create, well, anything.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2013 by Allison Byers
Fashion and Sustainability: Design for Change is the ideal first step for any designer – in fact for anyone – who wants to find information and ideas to address one of the major issue facing fashion today: how to make the clothes we wear more friendly to the environment.
The authors of this book, Kate Fletcher and Lynda Grose, are thought leaders on the subject of fashion sustainability. They have played key roles in raising awareness of the environmental cost of fashion and through their own practice, have transformed the way many think about sustainable fashion.Read the rest