Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 by Allison Byers
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 by Allison Byers
This past weekend, I attended the annual student runway show at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Not sure what to expect, I was surprised to find so much buzz and professional energy. Held inside a large tent at street level just outside the school, the show was packed and the level of excitement high.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 by Allison Byers
Impressive effort, is a phrase that is often banded about when describing the work in student shows. Frequently it is used to describe the raw talent, if not 100% polished execution that one associates with a non-professional collection. But for the CCA Class of 2012 Senior Runway Show, which took place in San Francisco on Friday night, impressive effort doesn't begin to cover it.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 by Allison Byers
Some of the best trend spotting in town can be found on the corners of Polk and Eddy, Fourth and Mission, or Eighth and Hooper, where fashion students gather during breaks, many wearing their own designs or inventive thrift store finds. They're everywhere, from Dogpatch to Ocean Avenue.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook
Fashion and Sustainability: Design for Change
Laurence King Publishers, 2012
Paperback, 192 pages, $29.95
Fashion Design faculty Lynda Grose coauthors (together with Kate Fletcher) this book about the potential of sustainability to transform both the fashion system and the innovators who work within it. Sustainability is arguably the defining theme of the 21st century.
The issues in fashion are broad-ranging and include labor abuses, toxic chemicals, and conspicuous consumption, giving rise to an undeniable tension between fashion and sustainability.
The book is organized into three parts. The first is concerned with transforming fashion products across the garment's lifecycle and includes innovation in materials, manufacture, distribution, use and re-use.
The second looks at ideas that are transforming the fashion system at root into something more sustainable, including new business models that reduce material throughput.
The third is concerned with transforming the role of fashion designers and looks to examples where the designer changes from a stylist or creator into a communicator, activist, or facilitator.
As of 2014, the book is available in four languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 by Mitchell Schwarzer
Mitchell Schwarzer gives his introduction at the CCA faculty retreat
On February 4, 2012, the faculty at California College of the Arts gathered at the college's San Francisco campus for a retreat focused on the state of the arts across our many disciplines. In the morning, 25 short presentations offered insights into challenges and opportunities faced by practitioners and thinkers in recent times. The word aired most frequently was crisis: the crisis of the Great Recession; the crisis of Global Climate Change; the crisis of understanding and working within a discipline in our digital age.
The economic downturn has produced an economic squeeze within most of our disciplines. Art directors, as Alexis Mahrus remarks, have diminished roles in shaping an illustration. Smaller profit margins reduce the flexibility and time given over to experimentation. Branding and celebrity worship take up a larger slice of the creative pie. Some presenters, like Sue Redding of Industrial Design, see no problem in this conflation of art and business and, furthermore, dispute the notion of a crisis. Yet many presenters feel that the economic crisis is not only real but wielding dangerously asymmetrical impacts. Demand remains strong for high-end craft goods and blue-chip fine art. Some small nonprofits are struggling to survive. To Ignacio Valero of Critical Studies, the priority given over to luxury items can be attributed to the ongoing influence of classical economic policies that privilege individual decision making over collective social and natural needs. Likewise, Sandra Vivanco of Diversity Studies notes that economic inequalities have greatly worsened over the past few years, especially in the developing world. Contemporary society is forging a timeless, spaceless way of conducting business, a race for lucrative and short-term gains that concentrates investment more than ever in the hands of a few.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 by Allison Byers
The Fashion Design Program at California College of the Arts is pleased to announce the Annual Fashion Show 2012, which will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2012, at CCA’s San Francisco campus (1111 Eighth Street, at 16th and Wisconsin). The show features 13 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.
“At CCA, we encourage each individual designer to develop a thesis collection that reflects their aesthetic perspective and artistic innovation,” remarks CCA Fashion Design Program chair Amy Williams. “This year, the ‘aha’ moments of the senior cohort were exceptionally sure and true. The results are 13 distinct, individual, highly innovative collections! I can hardly wait for the public to meet these outstanding emerging talents. And to have Maybelline as presenting sponsor to support this celebration of the students’ creative work is a perfect statement of fashion collaboration.”Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 by Allison Byers
Anna Wintour was right: Geeks can be chic. Bone up on the startling facts beneath the fashion industry's glitzy facade with our recommended reading list. From illustrated compendiums of emerging ethical designers to erudite theses on design as a catalyst for change, here are 13 volumes worth hoarding.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 by Allison Byers
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 by Allison Byers
As we searched for the right image to feature on this month’s cover—something timely, and unusually provocative, smart, and beautiful—we realized that all our descriptors still apply, but that “beauty” has become an elusive ideal. Design’s expressions—product design in this case, but we may as well be talking about design at every scale—have become more complex than the foreground objects we celebrated in the last century.Read the rest