We San Franciscans have our own style and we're proud of it! But truth is we're not really in the same league as New York and Milan. However, with recent events such as Discarded to Divine and local designers earning a spot on Project Runway, we just might be in the midst of a makeover. So that makes this year's Art Institute of California student fashion show title, Metamorphosis, even more apt.
Student designer Rachel Richardson designed a bridal gown and women's wear for the show and she said she's ready to help put San Francisco on the fashion map. "We have great talent in this city," said Rachel, who also shared that fashion students these days are encouraged to find inspiration outside of fashion in places like museums and nature. "I try to pull from different places and push myself," she said. A recent inspiration for her were the colors of the ocean.
Melissa Leventon, feeelance costume curator and one of the judges for this year's show was bracing herself for quick decisions. She said the judging is done in real time, which means she and the other three judges only had the length of the cat walk to score each design. Students were judged on design, creativity, and construction.
Some looks included barely-covering-the-bum short skirts and dresses, ethic inspired long sheaths, short-shorts for men, leather pants for men and women, and layering. Surprises were the use of neutral colors, face caps for men, and suspenders. The collections covered women's day and evening wear, men's wear, and children's clothing.
Congratulations fashion design class of 2009! We'll see you on the runway ...
Photo Credit: Chaz Schaad