Celebrate Glamour at the Belle Epoque Fashion Show this Tuesday

One of the most glamorous and important nights for City College of San Francisco’s Fashion Department will take place on Tuesday, May 25th at the CCSF Wellness Center located at Ocean Avenue and Howth Street in San Francisco.  A reception starts at 7:00 PM. featuring a sneak-peek of the fashions and an opportunity to meet the designers.  The runway show is at 8:00 p.m.
“Belle Epoque,” the Beautiful Era, draws its inspiration from the underground world of circus life in 1920’s Paris.  With a modern, whimsical twist on this theme, sultry models with smokey eyes and red lips will strut down the runway to showcase the innovative fashions of CCSF student designers.  Dramatic backdrops, stilt-walkers, dancers, drummers, delicious hors d’oeuvres, cotton candy and French music, will evoke a time and place of old world decadence.
The ninth annual Spring fashion show is one of the only student produced fashion shows in the Bay Area.  Under the expert direction of Brynne Cortez, Natalie Smith and Ruth Ritchie, students enrolled in Fashion Show Production (FASH 48) are taught the many steps in the production of a star studded show.
Within the context of a 1920’s Parisian circus theme, “Belle Epoque,” reflects Spring 2010’s fashion trends .  The show is made up of four segments with approximately sixty garments.  “La Femme”, will feature fanciful dresses, flirty suits, lingerie dressing, corsets, bloomers and shorts.  Garments in this collection will display feminine flourishes such as ruffles, lace, tulle and chiffon.  Silhouettes range from draped, crafted, ruched, one-shouldered to billowy and flowy.  The color palette consists of soft  pales, vivid brights and a whimsical mix of florals and prints.

“Out of Africa” infuses fashionable looks with African inspired patterns and prints in an eclectic mix of animal prints, ikats, batiks and tie dyes. A rich color palette of khaki, cream, tobacco, loden and spice tones may be beaded and embellished to add a tribal feel.  

“The Shining” is super chic and super luxe.  Metallics in gold, silver, copper and pewter shimmer and shine to make a bold statement this spring.  Silhouettes are draped, ruffled, tiered in both long and short lengths.  

“Black & White Nights” is elegant and sophisticated.  Bold black & white give evening inspired looks a contemporary edge.  This collection includes long gowns, cocktail dresses and a modern approach to tuxedo dressing.  Architectural silhouettes emphasize the striking contrast of black and white.
The designers showcasing their collections are Amanda Christine Ajisebutu, John Bana, Tracee Bragg, Michelle Byrnes, Andrea Candell, Anita Stone Charles, Elisangela Davis, Gwendolyn Davis, Peggy Dunn-Ha’apai, Christina Frank, Eric Funk, Ruby Goldberg, Jettie Harrison, Thomas Haryanto, Caroline Jacopy, Ai Jian, Kellen Dixie Krieg, Jinying Li, Allison Lincoln, Candice Liniger, Lauren Mendoza, Gladys Morfett, Matilda Murray, Jennifer Park, Yvonne Quinones, Leilani Randolph, Francisca A. Ruslani and Kwok Hei Samuel Shum.  They each promise to bring to the runway a collection that will showcase their stylish flair.

This year’s event is poised to reinforce the notion that San Francisco is still a major laboratory for budding designers.  CCSF’s Fashion Department is the largest and most established community college fashion design and merchandising program in the Bay Area.  In addition to offering Certificate Programs, there are also Associate of Arts Degrees. Young local talent that may not be able to afford a private fashion conservatory have the opportunity to develop and hone their skills, learn the business, make connections, and most importantly, get exposure.  “Belle Epoque,” will be the moment that many students will remember as the catalyst of their careers and the first ray of sunshine to spotlight their talent.  One of the highlights of the evening will be the presentation of a four year, fully paid for fashion scholarship to the Academy of Art University.  Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of the Academy of Art University, has generously arranged for a very lucky fashion design student to receive this coveted award.

Ticket prices are $10 for students and $15 for the public. Partially underwritten by Macy’s, all proceeds will go to benefit the Fashion Department at CCSF.
*For tickets, directions and parking information go to: www.ccsf.edu/Departments/Fashion/fashion2010 or google: ccsf fashion show 2010.
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