Letter from the Chair












Greetings Fashion Lovers!

Welcome back to an exciting fall semester.  Enrollments are up! We’re thrilled to be able to offer 2 new classes—Computer Assisted Fashion Design FASH 67 with Christie McGregor of FIDM and Advanced Fashion Styling FASH 54B with Lydia Lipson, formerly of Macy’s.  And speaking of Macy's, 50 fortunate students who were enrolled in FASH 60 worked as paid dressers behind the scenes at the fabulous Macy's Passport Fashion Show, the largest fashion show in the country.

Looking ahead to spring, the online schedule will be available November 4.  Sylvia Rubin, the fashion editor of the SF Chronicle, will join us again to teach Fashion Writing and Publicity, FASH 56.  Be sure to check out her daily blog on SFGate.com.  Go to SFUnzipped for the inside scoop on what’s happening in the fashion industry.

For the first time in many years, we'll be offering FASH 47 Fashion Coordination at night so that Fashion Merchandising majors can complete their certificates. Brynne Cortez is back from a leave where she was producing fashion shows—she'll be teaching Fashion Show Production, FASH 48.  I know you’ll enjoy her lively style, innovative ideas and riveting fashion show her class produces.

Be sure to join our yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ccsffashion/. We will be posting job listings and other important announcements. Discarded to Divine will be held on April 30 (tentative date) at the gift Center at 888 Brannan Street. Many CCSF design students participated last year and I'm hoping that many more will sign up by going to discarded to divine.org and clicking on 2009.

Fashions fade. Style is eternal, said Yves Saint Laurent, one of the most influential designers of the second half of the 20th century. The De Young museum will be holding a retrospective of his designs from November 1 to March 1, 2009. There will be several events surrounding the exhibit including a curator's lecture, The Yves Saint Laurent Revolution with Jill D'Allessandro; the film, The Life and Times of Yves Saint Laurent on October 1;  a symposium with Hamish Bowles, Farid Chenoune, Florence Muller and Nancy Troy on November 1 from 1-4; a lecture, The Glamour of the Label: Fashion and Designers in the 20th Century with Melissa Leventon on November 1. For tickets, visit www.museumtix.com or call 866-912-6326.  Tickets go on sale on October 1, 2008.

I know many of you are hooked on Project Runway, have you seen Bravo's Rachel Zoe Project, Tim Gunn Style, and the very funny Tabatha's Salon Takeover, giving us some universal lessons in customer service.