California College of the Arts recently held its annual fashion show, showcasing eight exquisite collections created by CCA’s senior Fashion Design students.
The term-ending event, juried by a team of industry professionals, featured a variety of cutting-edge creations worn by runway models. 7x7 presented its Emerging Talent award to Tisina Parker, who is the granddaughter of CCA Honorary Doctorate recipient Julia Florence Parker, one of the country's preeminent basketmakers. Tisina's stunning collection was inspired by Native American textile traditions and aesthetics.
Fifteen years ago, CCA's Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts opened its doors to the public as an active center for showcasing modern, cutting-edge work meant to spark discussion and interaction. This month, the gallery space makes its big move from the city's Design District to a more prime location in Potrero Hill. Designed by architect Mark Jensen, the large, gymnasium-sized space features galleries and event space.
NYC may have fashion week, but we in SF have fashion month. Each Spring, from mid-April to mid-May, a range of annual fashion shows present SF's best emerging talent. From $10,000 student collections, to recycled independent clothing, designers across the city have been sketching, patterning, draping, cutting, sewing, pressing, fitting and refitting like mad - and it all comes down to these seven shows:
1. San Francisco State University's Runway 2011: Enchantment, Thursday April 21, 7pm at the San Francisco Design Center (101 Henry Adams Street), $15-$25.
California College of the Arts has thousands of decorated alumni under its belt and more learning every day what it'll be like to be let loose in the real world. So local businesses, if you're on the lookout for interns, freelancers, part- and full-time employees, rally your troops for CCA's Career Expo on April 8th.