At last week’s California College of the Arts 2011 annual fashion show, students’ design creativity was on display as graduating seniors presented looks ranging from the functional to the feminine, with sheer fabrics and asymmetrical one-shoulder pieces appearing in more than one collection.
Fashion show sponsor Surface magazine presented two awards at the end of the evening. Surface Designer of the Year went to Patricia Lucia Arroyo, who stole quite a bit of the audience’s attention with a sexy dress draped in chains. Johnny Paul Vera, with his bold and sheer feminine suits, took Surface’s second award, a New York City internship with Nicole Miller.
An opening segment, titled ‘Fashion Functional Gear’, came started the show with a wow-inducing its first piece, a slick convertible bike purse by Haley Toelle. The segment showed pieces from a class devoted to blending fashion and industrial design. Sustainability was another demonstrated theme, thanks to the use of natural and organic fabrics in many student pieces.
Check out these photos for other CCA fashion show highlights:
Photography by Christophe Tomatis