SF Academy of Art Graduation Fashion Show

This past Thursday night, BARE was lucky enough to be invited to San Francisco’s Academy of Art Graduation Fashion Show, where over twenty BFA and MFA students showed their work in an impressive array of style and creativity. Each designer showed a few key pieces to represent his or her true colors. Inspiration came from an array of source, such as ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ DNA, and the apocalypse.

An outstanding womenswear collection was Nancy DeLos Reyes, who experimented with unique construction of strict fabrics to show that anything can be airy, even a leather coat. The dramatic silhouette of Jessica Bergstrom’s garments was a true showstopper, which paid homage to her architectural inspiration.

There were great collaborations between students across disciplines. Van Kim Le (textile designer) and Aurelie Martin-Chiari (fashion designer) worked together to produce a line of whimsical urban pieces for the young at heart. The final presentation of the evening was also a collaborative effort of fine art and fashion, as nine students created couture looks. Avant-garde jewelry looked impeccable against gorgeous evening gowns, like a high-slit grey silk dress paired with a sash of crimson jeweled flowers.

Our favorite menswear collection was from Dahae Kim, who altered the classic conventions of a suit to be relevant to the modern man. She started with a bang: a loud red skinny suit that wowed the audience.

It was an inspiring evening that showed the optimism of a new generation of designers. Every collection was distinct and thoughtful, and it was an honor for us to experience it firsthand. As the designers graduate and dive into the industry, BARE wishes them the best of luck. We’re sure we’ll be seeing more of them in the future!


Unfortunately we have no photographs from the night, but click here to watch the show for yourself!


John Kim
BARE Editor

Elena Radicati
BARE Assistant Editor

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