Posts in Alumni 2014
Dahae Kim

Originally from South Korea, Dahae Kim is a contemporary menswear designer, creating unique, asymmetrical, and complex designs for her menswear brand, aDiKtion.

After receiving a BFA in Menswear Fashion Design from the Academy of Art University, Dahae received a portfolio scholarship from the CFDA and was named as a best emerging designer of 2011 from the San Francisco Fashion Award. She also taught fashion design at Raffles International College in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Dahae draws inspiration from contemporary music, industrial architecture, and dark, psychotic concepts to create alchemical interpretations of modern life in each of her designs. The aDiKtion collection is structured on Dahae’s strengths: Pattern manipulation, the subtle mix of flowing drapery and architectural tailoring.

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Lia Larrea

As a child growing up in Quito, Ecuador, Lia Larrea developed a love for drawing and painting that would later help shape her career in fashion design.

Moving to the United States with her family at the age of twelve, Lia was introduced to a new society and way of life, opening her eyes to new opportunities. While attending college for business, she enrolled in a painting class that reconnected her to her artistic aspirations. In another life-changing move, she landed in San Francisco ready to pursue a career in fashion design.

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Anna Min

Having been taught at a young age how to hem pants to fit her petite frame, Anna Min developed a passion for perfectly tailored clothes. After receiving a degree in computer science at University of California, Berkeley, Anna embarked on a successful career in the technology industry. But fashion would soon find its way back into her heart.

Anna continued to sew pieces for herself, her family and friends, though she felt limited by the design and fit of commercially available patterns. Aspiring to make her own designs come to life, she enrolled in the patternmaking and design program at Apparel Arts in San Francisco.

After years of studying French moulage patternmaking, which blends her background in science and design, Anna launched her ready-to-wear line called Min Edition. Dedicated to designing chic, timeless pieces specifically tailored to women 5'4" and smaller, Min Edition features clean lines, subtle details and perfect proportions in its tightly edited collection. Min Edition is designed and manufactured in San Francisco.

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Amanda Scarlett Smith

While earning a degree in fashion design from London’s Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, Amanda Scarlett Smith had the opportunity to work with the legendary Alexander McQueen and Antonio Berardi. No stranger to the spotlight, Amanda has held costume design positions with the English National Opera and for the stage production of The Lion King and the film The Duchess starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes.

Amanda is developing her womenswear collection, Scarlett Smith, which features her unique use of creative cutting techniques and precise tailoring to achieve a dramatic, elegant and sculpted look.

The Scarlett Smith label is based in San Francisco and is inspired by Amanda’s belief that fashion is a non-verbal story shared with people every day: It affects how you behave and how others react to you.

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