Fashion Design News

Posted on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 by David Meckel

CCA's David Meckel and Fashion Design Program chair Amy Williams discuss traditional and nontraditional design processes in fashion.

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Posted on Monday, July 6, 2009 by David Meckel

David Meckel and Amy Williams discuss Ann Dunham's Batik collection on exhibit at CCA and the Batik process.

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Posted on Monday, July 6, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook

Karina MichelView slideshow 

Karina Michel only graduated in 2008, but she's already making waves internationally. This CCA Fashion Design alum is in the middle of an intense five-month internship designing for Pratibha Syntex, a 4,000-employee Indian company that produces organic cotton yarn, fabric, and garments for export and local markets. Michel is working on site in India, creatively devising new strategies to reuse and redirect the company's waste as part of a concerted effort to increase sustainability.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 by Lindsey Westbrook

Frederick Loomis, The DIOS Neuroprocessor . . . a Proposal for the Cover of the New Yorker, 2008View slideshow 

It's 3 p.m., and the Interface exhibition opens in four hours, but Media Arts chair Barney Haynes is calm amid a sea of laptops and electronics. "It'll all come together," he says. "Well, most of it will."

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Posted on Monday, June 8, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

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.

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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.

Paloma Broadley


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Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 by Jim Norrena

Designer James J. Edwards received Surface magazine's Emerging Talent Award [Photo: Jim Norrena]View slideshow 

What comes to town once a year, showcases extraordinary outfits, makeup, and attitude, offers one-of-a-kind prizes, and packs a one-city-block tent with cheering fans of all ages? Why, the California College of the Arts end-of-year Fashion Show, of course!

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Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 by Kim Lessard

Scalloped-draped amethyst tones chiffon gown by designer Paloma Von Broadley, 2009 (photo by Navid Baraty)

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.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 by Kim Lessard

Stephanie Sandstrom

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

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

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Posted on Monday, December 8, 2008 by Kim Lessard

Sandstrom placed runner-up in the “Chuck it or Keep it” global student competition, part of the Fashioning the Future summit (sponsored by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion)

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, 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

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.

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