Fashion Show Catches Eyes with Jewelry Spectacular
The Academy of Art University's 13th annual Spring Fashion Show has made quite a statement.
Featured in the Living section of the June 1 San Francisco
Chronicle, the show was especially "original" and "jaw-dropping" when it came to showcasing its
This year, fashion and sculpture students collaborated to produce work that, according to the
Chronicle, was "a highly dramatic and visually satisfying ending, like chocolate decadence cake
dusted with gold leaf."
The praise didn't end there. Dao Thabthimkoson's piece, a green, yellow and white tulle coat,
evoked Golden Age Hollywood starlets and was described by the paper with "Two words, one oxymoron:
The greatest acclaim came for designer Vartika Vikram, whose M.C. Escher-inspired dress was
"a true head-turner," and whose colorful, metallic jewelry was "explosive, like shimmering leaves
unfurling at daybreak."
Other highlights include "Lady of the Lake" from designer Jennifer Dickert, a gray gown that
featured jewelry from sculptor Janet Rim. The gown was "emotive and mysterious" according to the
paper, while Jennifer described Janet's jewelry as "growing and living" from the gown itself.
Designer Virgil Sparks was the final student featured in the article, whose dress was
inspired by the sculptures of Elliot Gaskin. Elliot described the final product as both "mechanical
and organic," demonstrated by the combination of deer antler slices and pulleys and cage forms.
Next year's fashion show will have a real challenge in outshining the works on display this
year. One thing is certain, though: with creative designs such as these, this year's star designers
will have a bright future in fashion.