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CCSF Fashion Show: Variety Under the Big Top

At last night’s Belle Epoque City College of San Francisco annual fashion show, hundreds of guests watched as an imaginative display of work from 29 fashion students paraded down a raised runway flanked by red-and-white-striped curtains befitting the evening’s retro circus theme.

The sheer variety of looks defined the show, whose segments ranged from a millinery-driven opener dubbed "Coco Before Chanel" to the finale, featuring garments done exclusively in black and white.

Donned by smoky-eyed student models, pieces ranged from easily wearable, cocktail-length dresses to sparkling, special-occasion formals with hand-painted details and you-better-have-the-body-for-it swimwear featuring mesh and cut-out panels. Standouts from the evening included Elisangela Davis’s floor-length black taffeta gown with an elegant front bow, Andrea Candell’s fringe-adorned little black dress and Caroline Jacopy’s brown and pink Edith Piaf-inspired dress.

For Jacopy, the evening held more than a chance to show her latest work. The French native, who is in her fourth semester at City College, was honored at the evening’s outset with the coveted award of a four-year scholarship to the Academy of Art University.