Fashion Design

About Fashion Design

Fashion design fosters students creating their own textiles with natural dyes, and designing and constructing their own original garments. Our young designers learn the basics and move on to advanced techniques as they develop their own fashion line. Our young fashion designers have modeled their creations on the runways of SOMArts, the Children’s Creativity Museum, and community events. Their work and other visual artwork from our young artists can be found for sale in our YAX store.

Notable Projects

  • Youth Art Exchange x Betabrand, 2016: The YAX Fashion Class pulled together personal market research and interviews with teenagers from all over the city to discover the true needs of a San Francisco high school student- a minimal backpack that won’t hit people on Muni and can also carry everything a creative kid needs.  This design is a culmination of all of our ten students working collaboratively to create a backpack to end all backpacks. Visit their page, read more about the design and process.
  • Annual fashion shows are at Spring Showcase and the San Francisco Youth Arts Summit
  • Design your own prom dress and fashion show, Spring Block Party 2015
  • 2015 Fashion and Print collaboration
  • Spring Line Fashion Show, Children’s Creativity Museum, 2014
  • Photo + Print + Architecture + Fashion Exhibit, Children’s Creativity Museum, 2014

Project Gallery



Sierra ReadingLead Faculty

Sierra Reading is a textile artist based out of Oakland, California.  With a focus on textile and fashion sustainability, Sierra’s work has been featured through the Northern California Fibershed, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts-Bay Area Now.  By working with natural plant dyes and local fiber farmers to produce her garments, Sierra’s work focuses on bringing life to clothing, making them wearable works of art.



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