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.
Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by Allison Byers
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.
Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by Michecia Jones
If you haven't bought tickets to the 2013 Annual Fashion Show, you must have missed 7x7's daily dose of SF.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 by Allison Byers
There are people who like to paint their nails. And then there are the Floss Gloss girls.
To call Aretha Sack and Janine Lee--who founded the San Francisco-based brand in 2011, along with Monica Kim Garza--nail junkies would be an understatement. "I've been mixing my own nail polish colors since the '90s--I would go to Walgreens and could never find the colors I liked," explains the 25-year-old Sack, who started selling her one-off batches to fellow students at the California College of the Arts.
Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook
California Design 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way
MIT Press, 2011
Hardcover, 360 pages, $60
Fashion Design and Visual Studies faculty member Melissa Leventon contributes the essay "Distinctly Californian: Modernism in Textiles and Fashion" to this catalogue, which accompanied a major exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the first comprehensive examination of California's mid-century modern design. The book includes 350 images (most in color) of furniture, ceramics, metalwork, architecture, graphic and industrial design, film, textiles, and fashion, and 10 incisive essays that trace the rise of the California design aesthetic, from specific design influences and innovations in solid-color commercial ceramics to inspirations from Mexico and Asia, new schools for design training, new concepts about leisure, and the conversion of wartime technologies to peacetime use.
Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook
From Amber Cox's documentation of San Francisco's Financial District
San Francisco and Istanbul: Both built across seven hills, on peninsulas jutting into major bodies of water, where East meets West dramatically and literally-continentally. Their respective situations along major global shipping routes means that they have always been rich in trade, rich in a cosmopolitan diversity of cultures, and rich in ideas: Just as the Bay Area has been a center of forward thinking, from the 1960s Haight-Ashbury counterculture to contemporary entrepreneurial Silicon Valley culture, Turkey -- and especially Istanbul -- is facing the future culturally and politically in its unique position at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and the Arab world.
CCA and Istanbul: East Meets West
CCA has been engaging with Istanbul in many cultural exchanges in recent years. In 2011 Jens Hoffmann, director of the CCA Wattis Institute, co-curated the 12th Istanbul Biennial, which featured numerous CCA alumni and faculty. The Vehbi Koç Foundation of Turkey recently announced its pledge to support one full-time Turkish student each year in CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice. And in spring 2012, Mariella Poli's CCA course Locality and Global Discourses facilitated an exchange between 16 students at CCA and five students at Istanbul Bilgi University.