Fashion : backstage to catwalk

San Francisco, October 27-28, 2012

11th symposium organized by the Arts of Fashion Foundation, for all fashionistas... and everybody else!






How fashionable is San Francisco?

Do you think San Francisco is not the right spot for Haute Couture? Well think again! After the beautiful Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibition at the De Young museum last summer, fashion is back in San Francisco with a fantastic international competition.

After "Sidewalk to Catwalk", here's "Backstage to Catwalk". 






A Foundation dedicated to critical and creative thinking 

Arts of Fashion Foundation is a non profit organization based in San Francisco which mission is to foster international cultural exchange through education and events related to the Fashion industry. For instance, this organization is a strong advocate for the copyright of fashion designers' creations, to protect them from copy and piracy.

It also gives the opportunity to young designers to exhibit their creations and be supported in their educational path.

More information about the foundation , click on their website home page 





2012 Symposium's theme : « Transparency »

50 designers from all over the world have been selected to compete for a 4-week masterclass program held in Paris next summer and an internship in prestigious Houses including Anne-Valerie Hash, Manish Arora and Jerome Dreyfuss. A dream come true for the 2012 winners, who will have access to the most extraordinary Parisian talents such as la Maison Lesage, an icone in the Fashion industry for luxury embroidery, and l'Atelier Lognon, famous for its fantasy pleats with decorative motifs.





Haute Couture at hand's reach 

The symposium is accessible to everyone, as the entrance is free. It offers all sorts of exhibitions and lectures open to the public.

Fashion addicted as well as professionals may want to take the most of it through a pass, giving priority access to all events plus access to exclusive events such as working jury session, networking activities and receptions.




Not to be missed: Screening Fashion & Movies and Videos presenting an interview with François Lesage sharing his memories at the end of his career, Saturday night at 8:00 pm.

And not to mentionned all the transparent creations playing hide and seek with feminine curves...




San Francisco Art Institute

800 Chestnut Street (between Jones and Leavenworth)

Saturday, October 27 & Sunday, October 28

Program and reservation, click here




Photo credits:

- Photographer Raffaele Cariou and  his team

- Models from City Models Paris : Ewa Wladymiruk, Oliwia Pawlowska

- Hairstyle :  Run Sebaoon


Article contribution : Regina Tardy