California College of the Arts (CCA) will host a gala fundraiser on April 28 at San Francisco's Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason. "Threads" will include a cocktail reception and dinner, followed by a special presentation of the CCA Fashion Show. The innovative runway fashion show will feature original designs presented by professional models, in an atmosphere of high energy and excitement. This year's runway show will feature the collections of ten up-and-coming designers, selected from the graduating class of 2005 by a jury of CCA faculty and industry professionals. In addition, seven students will show their work in a gallery setting, which will also be part of the evening's festivities.
Lead sponsorship for the gala is generously provided by Osterweis Capital Management. Kimberly Blattner and Anne Robinson Woods are cochairs for the gala event. Individual tickets are priced at $250; tables may be reserved for $5,000 and $10,000. Proceeds from the gala will support vital scholarships for CCA students. Catering will be provided by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering.
"'Threads' is the first gala fundraiser for the college since 1997. We are delighted with the enthusiastic response we have received so far," said event cochair Kimberly Blattner. "I'd particularly like to thank our sponsors for their generous support of this new event."
Cochair Anne Robinson Woods added, "CCA's annual fashion show is always a sellout, and we're thrilled that we could have a special fundraiser in conjunction with the show. The event will raise money for scholarships, assuring that the best students will continue to have access to the education offered at the college."
Established in 1996, the fashion design program at CCA is an idea-driven program, emphasizing both design concepts and skill development. Students learn the technical skills of pattern making, sewing, draping and fashion illustration, as well as visual and oral communication skills. CCA offers innovative courses, passionate teaching and vigorous design discipline. The program's goal is to graduate fashion designers of great individuality and originality who will contribute to fashion as an aspect of modern art and culture as they participate in the global fashion industry. Graduates from the program have gone on to positions with such prominent designers as Donna Karan, BCBG and Alexander McQueen.Read the rest