Saturday, March 31, 2007

Fashion School News: School of Fashion Announces Fashion Week Schedule of Events April 23rd – 28th, 2007

School of Fashion Announces Fashion Week Schedule of Events April 23rd – 28th, 2007

The School of Fashion has created its own ‘Fashion Week’ open to all university students.

Monday, April 23rd
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Fashion Merchandising Career Paths
Venue: Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street
Fashion merchandising career panel featuring Macy’s West. Discussion of the many fashion merchandising career paths within the areas of apparel, accessories, visual merchandising, and the business of beauty. Macy’s is the largest retail brand of Federated Department Stores, Inc., with more than 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.

Wednesday, April 25th
4:00 PM – Media Panel Discussion
Venue: Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street
Panel includes:
- Robin Givhan, fashion editor of The Washington Post
- Titti Matteoni, editor-in-chief of Fashion magazine in Italy
- Ceslie Armstrong, award-winning editor, TV host and editor-in-chief of
- Elizabeth Varnell, style director of San Francisco magazine.
- Charlotte Lurot, director of Bacchus PR in London

Thursday, April 26th
11:00 AM – Worth Global Style Network Presentation
Venue: Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street
WGSN is the world’s leading online research, trend analysis and news service for the fashion and style industries. Website:

3:00 PM – Fashion Symposium
Venue: Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street
Panel includes:
- Loulou de la Falaise
- Robin Givhan
- Zac Posen
- Charlotte Lurot, director of Bacchus PR in London

Friday, April 27th
3:00 PM – Graduation Fashion Show - Open to all students, staff and public.
Venue: 601 Brannan Street @ 5th Street

7:00 PM – Industry Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony - By invitation only.
Venue: 601 Brannan Street @ 5th Street

Saturday, April 28th
3:00 PM – Fashion Show - Open to all students, staff and public.
Venue: 601 Brannan Street @ 5th Street
Special guest from Bravo TV’s Project Runway.

The School of Fashion takes pride in bringing important fashion leaders to the University for the student body to gain firsthand knowledge of the fashion industry from those who have succeeded in their various roles including design, merchandising, and journalism. Guests of honor have included Azzedine Alaïa; Wilkes Bashford; Rose Marie Bravo; Oscar de la Renta; Christophe Girard, Deputy Mayor of Paris Responsible for Culture, and Director of Fashion Strategy of the LVMH Fashion Group; Joan Kaner, formerly of Neiman Marcus; Alexander McQueen; Robert L. Mettler, Chairman & CEO of Macy’s West; Rosita and Tai Missoni; Zandra Rhodes CBE; Carla Sozzani; and most recently Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE.

At the Friday, April 27th Graduation Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony, the School of Fashion will honor fashion icon Loulou de la Falaise, Pulitzer Prize winning fashion editor, Robin Givhan of The Washington Post, and fashion designer Zac Posen.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Fashion School News: School of Fashion Announces Guests of Honor Loulou de la Falaise, Robin Givhan and Zac Posen

School of Fashion Announces 2007 Honorary Doctorate Recipients

The School of Fashion will honor fashion icon Loulou de la Falaise, formerly Yves Saint Laurent’s muse who now designs her own lines of ready-to-wear, accessory and home products, the only Pulitzer Prize winning fashion editor, Robin Givhan of The Washington Post, and fashion designer Zac Posen on Friday, April 27, 2007 at the Graduation Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony at 601 Brannan Street (at Fifth Street).

The three guests of honor will each receive a Doctor of Humane Letters for their contribution to the world of art and design from University president Dr. Elisa Stephens.

“We are honored to have three very important fashion industry leaders,” said Dr. Elisa Stephens, president of the University. “We strive to give our students every opportunity possible to learn and become more excited about the fashion world.”

The 2007 guests of honor will address the student body in a panel discussion on Thursday, April 26th and meet with senior students to view portfolios and design work before the show on Friday. The guests of honor often select interns and have hired graduates on the spot after meeting with and viewing their work.

Zac Posen, fashion designer

Fashion designer Zac Posen was born in Brooklyn in 1980. At sixteen, he interned under at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute, and later worked at Nicole Miller and Tocca. He was part of Gen Art’s 2001 Fresh Faces and started his business that same year.

After being backed by Sean Combs in 2004, he presented his first major runway show and was awarded the CFDA Swarovski-Perry Ellis Award for Ready-to-Wear. Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s carry his RTW line. He also designs limited-edition jeans for 7 For All Mankind available at Neiman Marcus.

In San Francisco, he retails at Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. His website is

Robin Givhan, fashion editor of The Washington Post

In 2006, Robin Givhan, fashion editor of The Washington Post, won the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism for her fashion coverage. She is the only Pulitzer Prize winning fashion editor.

Born and raised in Detroit, she received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Princeton University in 1986 and a Masters of Science in journalism from the University of Michigan in 1988.

She first worked as a general assignment reporter and later a feature writer covering the fashion beat for the Detroit Free Press where she spent seven years. She briefly worked as a feature writer for the San Francisco Chronicle before joining The Washington Post in 1995 where she covers the news, trends and business of the international fashion industry. She has also covered the 2000 presidential election, the Atlanta Olympic Games and the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Her work has also appeared in the International Herald Tribune, American Vogue, Marie Claire, Town and Country, and Essence. She has contributed to several books including “Runway Madness” and “No Sweat: Fashion, Free Trade and the Rights of Garment Workers.” She lives and works in New York City. Her humorous blog can be read at

Loulou de la Falaise, fashion icon, accessory and ready-to-wear designer

Loulou de la Falaise, close friend, muse and designer of Yves Saint Laurent for nearly 30 years, began as a model for Vogue, designed prints for Halston, and worked on Saint Laurent’s couture and RTW collections building her reputation as a designer.

She was born into a highly aristocratic family that would predispose her to a life directed by fashion and art. She is considered one of the best-dressed women in the world.

After a thirty-year partnership, Yves Saint Laurent retired. Loulou de la Falaise started her own label in February 2003. Her boutique at 21 rue Cambon is a fanfare of color and rich materials, reflecting her passion for her flower-filled country garden and her travels to far-flung destinations. She creates collections of jewelry, a ready-to-wear line, accessories and decorative objects for the home. Her collections are carried in boutiques and department stores in Tokyo, New York, Casablanca, Toronto, Hong Kong, Brussels, London, Berlin, Geneva, and Zurich. In California, her jewelry retails at the home store of ‘At Home at Sweet Things’ in Tiburon. Her website is

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Journalism Notebook: San Jose Mercury News Uses Student to Style Fashion Section

School of Fashion Student
Stylist for San Jose Mercury News

Student Erin Kearns styled the Sunday, March 25th Style Section of the San Jose Mercury News for Style Editor Donna Kato who was part of the Fashion Industry Panel in November 2006.

Erin has plenty of styling experience as she worked in Los Angeles for denim line Chip & Pepper where she dressed many bands including Destiny’s Child as well as wardrobe for the movie ‘Lords of Dogtown.’

Erin spent three days working on this shoot preparing the clothing and creating looks.

“For the first time in a long time, I've been comfortable having a stylist totally in charge,” said Donna Kato. “She was professional, self-confident, great about anticipating needs and most of all, with a very gifted eye toward styling.”

Cut and paste this link to watch the movie version of the shoot:

Saturday, March 24, 2007

GPP Spotlight: March 24, 2007 Gladys Perint Palmer Lecture at de Young Museum on Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE

On Saturday, March 24, 2007, at 10 AM, Gladys Perint Palmer, Executive Director of Fashion at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, will speak on and present a slideshow of her drawings of renowned British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE entitled “Vivienne Westwood: From Anarchy to Aristocracy – Fig Leaf to Crown” at the de Young Museum for the Textile Arts Council. Following there will be a question and answer period.

“I am honored to speak on such an important fashion industry leader,” said Gladys Perint Palmer. “I have covered Dame Vivienne Westwood’s fashion shows for many publications and have enjoyed drawing her daring and sometimes outrageous collections throughout the years.”

Friday, March 16, 2007

Speaker Series: March 16, 2007 Jas Sehmbi from London

On March 16, 2007, Jas Sehmbi arrived from London eager to speak with design students in their classrooms. He even came bearing gifts for each of them.

Jas M.B. bags and accessories are hand-made in London and feature his trademark weightless
construction in design craftsmanship. In 1993 Jas established his name as a leading accessories designer when he created the first ever DJ bag. By Spring 2000, Jas made a departure from nylon and canvas and returned to working using fine Italian leather, this time dyed and treated in-house. The result was a limited collection called Jas M.B, which was quickly picked up
by Barneys New York and YMC in London...selling out within days.

Actress, Denise Van Outen opened the Doors by Jas M.B. boutique located in London's fashionable Soho four years ago and since then, the store has become the one stop shop for many Jas M.B. fans from all over the globe.

The stores name represents the "doors" Jas has and continues to, open for students wanting to work in the fashion industry.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Academy Award: 2007 Target/CFDA Design Initiative

2007 Award Results for the Target/CFDA Design Initiative Competition.

Ven Lai, BFA Fashion and Textile senior student, won second prize and $2,500. Lisa Chang, BFA fashion design, was awarded runner up.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Academy Award: Online Student Wins Award at Korean Fashion Show

Bora Han, online MFA Fashion student, has won Silver prize in a Korean design competition.

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Korea organized a promotional event of Korean culture under the theme of ‘The Feast of Korean Taste, fashion and sound’ on February 27 in Seoul, Korea.

As part of its ‘Han Style Premiere’, this event was designed to give a realistic chance to experience traditional Korean culture and a large number of foreign diplomats, international journalists, businessmen and people related to cultural sector were invited. According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Han Style refers to traditional and/or cultural items that reflect Korean lifestyle and are charged with Korean-specific sentiments such as Hangeul (the Korean alphabet), Hansik (food), Hanbok (clothes), Hanok (housing), Hanji (paper), and Kukak, traditional music.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Speaker Series: March 4, 2007 Famous British Fashion Designer Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE

After touring the studios and meeting with students in the School of Fashion, British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE (Dame of the British Empire) was honored with a luncheon where she received an Honorary Doctorate from Academy of Art University President Dr. Elisa Stephens on Sunday, March 4th, 2007.

After the luncheon, she joined the student body in Morgan Auditorium for a question and answer period.
Gladys Perint Palmer, fashion illustrator and executive director of fashion at Academy of Art University, presented Vivienne Westwood with an illustration of one of Vivienne’s past runway showings in Paris.
The Honorable Martin Uden, Consul General of Great Britain, presented Vivienne Westwood with a Proclamation from Mayor Gavin Newsom’s office declaring March 4, 2007 “Vivienne Westwood Day in San Francisco!”

The luncheon also showcased an exhibition of Gladys Perint Palmer’s illustrations of Vivienne Westwood’s collections through the years and also while on the set of Robert Altman’s movie ‘Pret-A-Porter’ (Ready To Wear), which was released in 1994.

The caterers prepared a raw food meal for Vivienne as she had just started a raw food diet three weeks before. The feast ended with a chocolate dessert in the shape of a Vivienne Westwood platform-heel shoe, which had guests exclaiming “Bravo!!” as they were being served.
Vivienne Westwood, Gladys Perint Palmer, and Dr. Elisa Stephens
Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE and Zandra Rhodes CBE
Table settings with Gladys Perint Palmer’s illustrations on display
Christine Suppes of and Heather Brown of Workgroup LTD.
Richard Klein of Surface Magazine with Brad Lande.

Dodie Rosekrans (John Galliano’s former patron) and Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE.

Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE and Academy of Art University President Dr. Elisa Stephens inspect the chocolate dessert in the shape of a Vivienne Westwood platform-heel shoe and filled with chocolate mousse.

Other guests included:
Zandra Rhodes CBE (Commander of the British Empire), fashion designer
Dodie Rosekrans, San Francisco philanthropist
Maryann Opperman, San Francisco philanthropist
Julie Chaiken, owner, Chaiken Clothing
Doris Raymond, owner of The Way We Wore, vintage clothing collector
Ian Hannula & Joe Haller, fashion designers, Nice Collective
Sande Schlumberger, gallery owner
Christine Suppes of wearing head to toe Westwood
The Honorable Martin Uden, Consul General of Great Britain
The Honorable Rolf Schulte, Consul General of Germany
The Honorable Eva Voisin, Honorary Consul General of Hungary

School of Fashion Students Asking Questions

After being presented with her Honorary Doctorate from Academy of Art University in San Francisco by President Dr. Elisa Stephens, Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE addressed the audience of luncheon guests and approximately 1,000 fashion students in a question and answer period moderated by Gladys Perint Palmer, executive director of fashion at Academy of Art University.

British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes CBE also took part in the lively talk. “I’ve been called the princess of punk, and she, the queen of punk,” said Rhodes, who lives in Southern California. She stopped in San Francisco on her way to Houston where she is designing the sets and costumes for the Houston Grand Opera’s upcoming production of ‘Aida.’

Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rhodes spent one hour answering questions from the students. The discussion touched on politics with Vivienne exclaiming that “George Bush doesn’t even care about the rest of the world.” She challenged the students to not just accept how things are done and. “We have lost our freedoms when someone can be locked up with no charges against them,” she said. “We should not accept things at face value. Why do you allow people to tell you this is OK?”

Westwood advised the students to look everywhere for inspiration. “You have to study the past in order to avoid being horizontal in your thinking. The understanding of what went before is what informs a deeper level of knowing.” She added that “talent is rare [but that] you are only young once.”

She advised the students that “If you want to be a fashion designer, don’t look at fashion magazines. Don’t care about them. Look at costume.” In addition to sources from costume to biology, she told them to visit museums and focus on a favorite painting. She asked them to decide which painting they would save if a fire broke out and to rethink this decision every six months as their tastes will grow and change as they expose themselves to more art and culture.

Vivienne herself enjoys fine art, costumes, museums and music such as classical and opera. “You must know culture and the past to be a good designer,” she urged them.

After the discussion, she asked to be dropped off at the Asian Art Museum to enjoy some of the culture that San Francisco has to offer.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Internship Spotlight: Alexander McQueen Intern Has Designs On Milan Runway

Jiwon Ree, BFA Knitwear Design 2006 Graduate, was chosen by Alexander McQueen to intern with him in his London studios for three months.

Here are two of her designs on the runway.

On Wednesday, May 24th 2006, the Academy of Art University in San Francisco honored the ‘Men of Fashion’ and presented the School of Fashion graduate collections of the Class of 2006 in the historical Morgan Auditorium. Academy of Art University President Dr. Elisa Stephens hosted the occasion and presented honorary doctorates to Alexander McQueen, Christophe Girard, Robert L. Mettler, and Wilkes Bashford. In addition to receiving their honors, these noted ‘Men of Fashion’ selected graduate stars for internships and honors.

Alexander McQueen, celebrated fashion designer, whose numerous awards include CFDA International Designer of the Year and Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen, received his honorary doctorate and thanked our own Simon Ungless, Director of Graduate Fashion, as Ungless collaborated with McQueen on ten collections before joining the Academy of Art University. "I think I owe a lot of thanks to Simon Ungless who I was at St. Martins with," said McQueen. "We studied together at St. Martins about 15 years ago. We actually started off working on prints. I am a bit jet lagged but it's worth it. I'm just very honored."