Shot on location at SF Academy of Art in SoMa / Photography by Tyler Gourley
Simon Ungless director of fashion, SF Academy of Art University
As an educator who’s tasked with shaping the visions of aspiring young fashion designers, Simon Ungless understands that it’s important to exhibit range. He fearlessly unites Armani, Zegna, and Balenciaga with army-surplus fatigues, vintage Mickey Mouse tees, and one prized Merona peacoat unearthed at a Target clearance sale. In fact, Ungless—who roomed with best friend Alexander McQueen while at London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and collaborated on McQueen’s first 10 collections—bucks style pigeonholing of any sort. Not only does he claim quirky Tilda Swinton as his kindred spirit in fashion, he is the progeny of a man who proudly sported a fiery-red, Elvis Presley-style coif and fur coat on the streets of 1950s London. Need we say more?