California College of the Arts is pleased to host A Lady Found a Culture in Its Cloth: Barack Obama's Mother and Indonesian Batiks, June 18-21, on CCA's San Francisco campus (1111 Eighth Street, at 16th and Wisconsin). The show will feature 20 large fabrics and two scarves from the batik collection of Ann Dunham, President Barack Obama's late mother. The collection has been in storage for many years and this is a valuable opportunity for the public to see it.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, June 8, 2009 by Brenda Tucker
Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 by Jim Norrena
The following 12 [Fashion Design](/academics/fashion-design) graduates presented their senior collections at CCA's 2009 Fashion Show. (Learn more about the [Senior Fashion Show](/academics/fashion-design/show).) Read their bios and learn about their creative end-of-year collections (collection titles are listed beneath each designer's name), including how or what inspired their designs.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 by Jim Norrena
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 by Kim Lessard
The Fashion Design Program at California College of the Arts is pleased to announce the 2009 Senior Fashion Show, to be held at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8, on the college's San Francisco campus, located at 1111 Eighth Street. This runway show, juried by an industry panel, features original designs worn by professional models. General-admission tickets are $25; VIP tickets are $100 and include reserved seating at the event plus admission to the Friends of Fashion cocktail preparty.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 by Kim Lessard
California College of the Arts Fashion Design undergraduate Stephanie Sandstrom will compete in Project Outdoor Retailer, a 48-hour "concept-to-prototype" student design competition that takes place in conjunction with the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City January 22–25, 2009. This is the leading outdoor-industry trade show, bringing together manufacturers, retailers, industry advocates, media, and other professionals. CCA's Fashion Design Program is one of only five in the United States sending a student competitor. Project Outdoor Retailer debuted in 2008 at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market.
Sandstrom and the four other hand-picked students will have just 48 hours to produce garment prototypes that are original, make innovative use of performance and eco-friendly materials, and have a practical application in the outdoor market. Once they complete their initial garment designs, they will turn their drawings into products using the latest fabrics, zippers, and other components provided by participating exhibitors. They will then spend the remainder of the 48-hour timeframe at their workstations (equipped with sewing machines, cutting tables, and other tools), building their final prototypes.
Project Outdoor Retailer's panel of judges, comprised of professional designers and industry trendsetters, will review each contestant's final prototype and presentation on January 25, the last day of the trade show. The winning student will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2009 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market and a profile in Textiles Intelligence.
The participants will be filmed in a reality-competition-style format that begins with an initial design brief and then follows them through conception, sourcing, production, and the final presentations. Attendees and others will be able to follow their progress in designated areas throughout the show, and also via streaming video at www.outdoorretailer.com.
Sandstrom recently garnered international attention at the Fashioning the Future summit in London, when she was a runner-up in the "Chuck It or Keep it" global student competition.
About CCA's Fashion Design Program
Established in 1996, CCA's Fashion Design Program is an idea-driven, craft-based course of study that emphasizes design concepts and skill development. The goal is to produce designers of daring originality who are willing to explore across disciplines and contribute to fashion as an aspect of modern art and culture. Students gain technical expertise in pattern making, sewing, draping, and fashion illustration. They develop creative solutions to the challenges of sustainability by designing fashions that respect the environment and preserve native cultures. Alumni of the program work in all aspects of the industry for companies such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Gap Inc., Gymboree, Jones of NYC, Levi Strauss & Co., TIBI, Ralph Lauren, Narciso Rodriguez, Athleta, Elie Tahari, and Thom Browne. Many have developed their own firms in the United States and abroad.
About California College of the Arts
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is noted for the interdisciplinarity and breadth of its programs. It offers studies in 20 undergraduate and seven graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts, master of fine arts, and master of business administration degrees. With campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, CCA currently enrolls 1,740 full-time students. Noted alumni include the painters Nathan Oliveira and Raymond Saunders; the ceramicists Robert Arneson, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the filmmaker Wayne Wang; the conceptual artists David Ireland and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas and Michael Vanderbyl. For more information about CCA, visit www.cca.edu.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, December 8, 2008 by Kim Lessard
CCA Fashion Design student Stephanie Sandstrom was a runner-up in the "Chuck it or Keep it" global student competition, part of the Fashioning the Future summit held October 27–28, 2008, in London. Sandstrom was awarded in the innovation category (materials being the other category) for her One Night Stands design—a temporary yet more sustainable shoe specially designed for one-time-only occasions, after which each can be recycled. As a runner-up she received 500 pounds.
Another CCA Fashion Design student, Lauren Devenney, joined the 26 "Chuck it or Keep it" finalists in presenting her work on the runway for the fashion industry elite. The competition and first-time summit garnered international media attention. (Read "Sustaining Fashion," Vogue, October 28, 2008.)
Sponsored by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion, in conjunction with Adili.com, the Fashioning the Future summit competition united established fashion designers, students, and opinion-makers from around the world to explore answering the challenging question: can we bring about long-term lifestyle change and create better lives through a more sustainable fashion industry?
The "Chuck it or Keep it" competition judges included renowned London Times fashion journalist Colin McDowell; Caryn Franklin, host of the popular U.K. television program The Clothes Show; head of London College of Fashion Dr. Frances Corner; and Sim Scavazza, creative director of Adili.com.
Sustainable and Disposable?
The idea of a temporary shoe can at first seem antithetical to sustainable fashion goals, but according to Sandstrom women do typically purchase shoes with the intention of wearing them only once—for such standalone events as weddings, proms, award shows, or just a special night out.
Most shoes are produced outside the United States (typically in China). The extra energy involved in manufacturing and shipping, in addition to the bleaching and dying of the leather or textiles, contribute to industry practices that are far from sustainable.
Made entirely from a single piece of polypropylene plastic, One Night Stands are easily recycled because, unlike a typical shoe, the components (rubber, fabric, glue) do not have to be broken down and separated. Sandstrom even conceptualized the disposal of the shoes; the consumer sends the shoes, including the box (made of the same material), using a prepaid mailer to be recycled into a new pair of One Night Stands.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 by Jim Norrena
Last week for CCA's Fashion Design Program's Senior Fashion Show, a gigantic circus-like tent was erected in front of the San Francisco campus, shutting off an entire block of Eighth Street. The scene mimicked what one would expect to see at, say, the Cannes Film Festival, and the payoff was just as grand.
The much-anticipated event marked the ninth annual fashion extravaganza—an exclusive, end-of-year fundraiser to showcase the fashion designs of the 2008 graduating class.
The sold-out apparel smorgasbord attracted hundreds of supportive and enthusiastic attendees, each of whom paid $25 (VIP ticket holders paid $100, which included a festive wine-tasting reception at Axis Café) to celebrate "the future of fashion" on a fierce asphalt runway encased by a portable, makeshift auditorium.
Fashionably and sustainably speaking, it was unadulterated fabricated entertainment.
With wall-flap-to-wall-flap bleachers and folding chairs, CCA President Steve Beal, flanked on either side by 10-foot-tall projection monitors, stood almost as tall himself in his new presidential shoes as he commended Amy Williams, chair of the Fashion Design Program, for her ingenious venue set up. The tent served to expand the exhibition hall, fostering a greater sense of CCA community and inclusiveness, as well as accentuating the Fashion Design Program's best work.
(Note: while the tent idea was definitely not Senior Fashion Show modus operandi, audience attendees and fashion models alike appreciated its protective warmth from San Francisco's chilly and hairdo-disassembling, garb-ruffling winds!)
Highlights included how truly humbled Jihye Kang appeared as she accepted the Surface magazine award, which earned her a detailed photo spread of her work slated for the magazine's October 8 issue—including an expense-paid trip to New York; and Zara Franks securing an internship with Marciano (a Guess division based in Los Angeles).
Additional trivia for the truly raiment-minded: Wray Serna's feathers were entirely hand-sewn and the antlers she used were sourced on Ebay; Lauren Devenney used actual mushrooms and berries to over dye her organic wools (from sheep raised and sheered in Vermont, no less); Andrew Hague's bicycle inspiration traces back to his messenger-bag designs for Chrome; Karina Michel screenprinted her cashmere panels, shibori'd her denim pieces, and hand-burned her velvet from a screen print she designed, and she used over 400 grommets in her collection. Amylou Bilodeau designed all her prints and jewelry, offset printing the fabrics and laser cutting the jewelry.
Kara Krauss deserves a special mention, too, because at between 5–7 years old, her models were the least likely to lie about their ages. Actually, the guise girls stem from CCA faculty and staff and they truly commandeered the catwalk as they twirled in vintage prints inspired by the tiles of Spain's coast while carrying Kara's handmade and embroidered Rufus dolls as accessories. (Look for these dolls in select San Francisco boutiques soon.)
Dozens of models, women and men alike, animated the various designs and onlookers took their cue, reveling more in an artistic spirit than, say, from a shopper's frenzy. After all, CCA's Senior Fashion Show is about pizzazz, not paparazzi; it's truly the future of fashion, no matter how you wear it.
Read local coverage: "Inside Bay Area" by Dino-Ray Ramos (contributor to the Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times, and other Bay Area News Group publications.)
Additional photos: CCAsnapshotsRead the rest
Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 by Kim Lessard
The California College of the Arts (CCA) Fashion Design Program will present its annual Senior Fashion Show on Wednesday, May 7, 2008. The block of Eighth Street in front of the school's main San Francisco campus building will be transformed into a tented urban runway. The featured designs will be selected by a jury comprised of industry professionals. The show has something for everyone, as the student designers unveil lines for kids, men, and more, ranging from ordinary street wear to avant-garde creations, all worn by professional models.
Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. General-admission tickets are $25 and VIP tickets are $100 (these include admission to a special wine reception at 6 p.m.). Tickets are available now at www.cca.edu/fashion/show.
Amy Williams, chair of the Fashion Design Program, says, "There is nothing quite like seeing your designs on a human body. The runway show is the capstone experience for a fashion designer. Our students pour their passions into designs that express their training and individual ideals, and the faculty are extremely excited to see their collections come to life in this juried presentation."
The fashion editors at Surface Magazine will select one student designer from the show to receive the Surface Emerging Talent Award. The winner will have his or her work profiled in the magazine's annual Avant Guardian issue and will be flown to New York to attend the photo shoot.
One student designer from the show will be offered an internship by Marciano. The selected student will be given an opportunity to spend the summer working alongside the lead designer at the company's world headquarters in Los Angeles.
About CCA's Fashion Design Program
Established in 1996, CCA's Fashion Design Program is an idea-driven, craft-based course of study that emphasizes design concepts and skill development. The goal is to produce designers of daring originality who are willing to explore across disciplines and contribute to fashion as an aspect of modern art and culture. Students gain technical expertise in pattern making, sewing, draping, and fashion illustration. They develop creative solutions to the challenges of sustainability by designing fashions that respect the environment and preserve native cultures. Alumni of the program work in all aspects of the industry for companies such as BCBG, Gap Inc., Gymboree, Levi Strauss & Co., Ralph Lauren, Narciso Rodriguez, Athleta, and Elie Tahari. Many have developed their own firms in the United States and abroad.
CCA Fashion Show Sponsors
California College of the Arts gratefully acknowledges the Senior Fashion Show's major sponsor, Osterweis Capital Management.
"We at Osterweis Capital Management are proud to sponsor CCA's Fashion Show," commented John S. Osterweis, chief investment officer and portfolio manager. "We continue to be enthusiastic supporters of the college's educational program. California College of the Arts is shaping the cultural leaders of tomorrow, and we are very pleased to serve as a partner in this effort. Contributing to the education of talented young people impacts the entire community."
Osterweis Capital Management was founded in 1983 by John S. Osterweis to serve the portfolio management needs of high net worth individuals, foundations and endowments. Since then, the firm has grown to over $3.5 billion in assets under management, providing investment management services through various products including individually managed portfolios and two mutual funds, The Osterweis Fund and The Osterweis Strategic Income Fund.
CCA would also like to thank the fashion show's media sponsor, Surface Magazine.
"Surface is proud to be sponsoring this prestigious CCA program for the sixth year," says the magazine's publisher, Richard Klein.
For 15 years, readers have turned to Surface for creative inspiration, coverage of the burgeoning design world, and profiles of the emerging talents and provocative projects that are reshaping the creative landscape. This ability to identify and collaborate with undiscovered design stars—from furniture makers to photographers—has made the magazine a cultural barometer of global style in all its forms.
About California College of the Arts
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts is noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs. It offers studies in 20 undergraduate and seven graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts, master of fine arts, and master of business administration degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls more than 1,600 full-time students. Noted alumni include the painters Nathan Oliveira and Raymond Saunders; the ceramicists Robert Arneson, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the filmmaker Wayne Wang; the conceptual artists David Ireland and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas and Michael Vanderbyl.Read the rest
Posted on Friday, February 22, 2008 by Jim Norrena
On Wednesday, February 20, Bay Area news broadcaster ABC-7 (KGO) featured California College of the Arts as a contributing influence to a growing trend among local artists—creating art that reflects ecologically responsible, sustainable practices.
The broadcast segment, "The Bay Area Gives Birth to New Renaissance," is posted on its website at ABCNews7.com. Local artists and professionals who embrace eco-friendly awareness discuss why this issue is relevant to today's art buyers.
According to Kim Anno, a featured CCA faculty member: "They want to see how art and design can give a glimpse of what's happening and straddle contradictions in a way that science couldn't. They want to be part of, I think, a movement of change, that provides a kind of tipping point for our culture."
Sustainability awareness is a critical component of a well-rounded curriculum for preparing students as innovators of the future. CCA offers such a focus on sustainability throughout its various design programs (industrial design, architecture, fashion, and others).
The Summer Institute in Sustainable Design (June 15–27), a two-week, hands-on opportunity that includes fieldwork and in-class lectures with instructors and innovators in sustainable design, illustrates CCA's applaudable commitment to incorporate green into its curricula.
To learn more about the Summer Institute in Sustainable Design, visit the newly launched website at www.cca.edu/sustainable.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 by Chris Bliss
Simone LeBlanc, who was a CCA Fashion Design student from 1995 to 1998, is a featured designer this season on Bravo's Project Runway. The popular television reality show begins its fourth season on Wednesday, November 14.
Simone was raised in the Bay Area and transferred to CCA from the College of Marin. She was among the first class of students in CCA's Fashion Design program, which launched in fall 1995. In summer 1998 she participated in an exchange program in Paris and stayed there to finish her fashion education at Parsons Paris School of Art and Design.Read the rest
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