The Art Institute of California had much to be proud of last Saturday evening at their annual fashion show held in the spacious San Francisco Design Center Galleria. Twenty fashion design students showed their wares to an enthusiastic crowd, which included Oakland Museum of California's Marketing Manager Adam Rozan, Rock and Roll designer Jeanne Rose, and stylist Tyese Cooper. Art Institute faculty member Amy Kweskin was seated in the front row cheering on her students as was Fashion on the Square Producer Y'Anad Burelle, seeking talent for her upcoming show on August 14th.
Showing muted colors and layers, students were inspired by San Francisco's diverse neighborhoods from Union Square to The Haight. Exposed zippers were a theme as were corset style tops, harem pants, super short skirts, and playful patch pockets. The look for men was comfortable in loose knits, shorts, and layers.
Justyna Fiuk pictured on the right won Best Overall Impact
Judges included Nathalie Doucet, Erin Hagstrom, and former Project Runway contestant Amy Sarabi. The three ladies could be seen taking notes and conferring during the fast paced show of over 100 designs. Congratulations to:
- Cameron Steward for Best Construction
- Leanna Liu for Best Creativity
- Justyna Fiuk for Best Overall Impact
This year, in addition to their main collection, some students worked with the Museum of Performance and Design creating designs inspired by the museum's current exhibit, Somethin's Happening Here: Bay Area Rock 'n' Roll 1963-1973. Congratulations to Dallas Coulter, whose design won this special contest (pictured left). Her piece will be added to the exhibit along side stage costumes worn by Janis Joplin and Sly Stone. What an honor!
It was a fabulous night of creativity and accomplishment. Well done, designers. We'll see you on the next runway.