CCA's Fashion Experience 2018

'Fashion Experience 2018' debuts 11 collections by CCA emerging designers

Works presented through a fashion show and installation at SOMArts.

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San Francisco, CA—May 11, 2018—The CCA Fashion Experience 2018 will debut 11 professionally juried thesis collections from graduating students in the school’s Fashion Design program this May. The students will present their work through both fashion show and—for the first time—installations that frame their collections with artistic vignettes and speak directly to their design narratives. Utilizing street-cast models, the show will reflect the diversity of the Bay Area as well as global contributions to fashion.

“We are proud to celebrate these newest voices in the fashion world with a cutting-edge, interactive installation experience,” “This year’s Fashion Experience addresses the relationship between fashion, culture, and social identities while debuting this next generation of audacious designers.

“We are proud to celebrate these newest voices in the fashion world with a cutting-edge, interactive installation experience... This year’s Fashion Experience addresses the relationship between fashion, culture, and social identities while debuting this next generation of audacious designers."”

— Lynda Grose: Program chair and pioneer of sustainable fashion design

The free and public event will kick off with a presentation of the collections and will then open up into individual showcases with the designers and their models. Audiences will also be invited to experience and interact with the student installations—providing deeper engagement with both the designers’ collections and their processes.

Themes explored through this year’s student work are deeply personal and intimate, explore individuality, and champion diversity of experience. Examples include: the use of clothing as a form of protection and concealment, the search for individual identity, displacement and the loss of home, celebration of ancestry, and more. The graduating students presented in the show have worked collaboratively to problem solve on a range of challenges—from experimental fabric developments to virtual reality to new dressing and construction systems. One-of-a-kind prototype samples of the fashion designers’ works will also be available for purchase.

CCA Fashion Experience 2018 is part of a series of events and exhibitions organized by the college to celebrate the work of its graduating students across all disciplines from May 10 through 13. The series features the school’s annual Commencement Exhibition—an expansive and interdisciplinary showcase of work by graduating students across all disciplines on the college’s San Francisco campus, as well as additional exhibitions and events held at locations in the surrounding neighborhoods. CCA Fashion Experience 2018 is produced by associate professor and chair of Fashion Design Lynda Grose and lecturer of Fashion Design Jarred Garza and curated by professor of Industrial Design Mara Holt Skov.

CCA Fashion Experience 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018
SOMArts (934 Brannan Street, San Francisco CA 94103)
Free and open to the public beginning at 7:30pm
VIP program, including free wine and beer, begins at 5:30pm.