Karina Garcia, B.F.A. Fashion Design and B.F.A. Fine Arts double major, was born and raised in Morelia, Mexico. In 2009, Garcia’s textile prints were displayed at the Academy of Art University Spring Show, and in 2014 Garcia was chosen to participate in the Joe’s Blackbook Design Competition.
For her graduation collection Garcia collaborated with fellow Mexican student Mariana Pazos, B.F.A. Textile Design, who is from Chihuahua, Mexico. Pazos has won several awards for her athletic endeavors on the Academy of Art University golf team, including the Division 2 Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Award for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, making the Pac West All-Academic Team for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, and making the President’s Honor list for the 2013-2014.
Inspired by Georgia O’Keefe, Pearl Harbor and World War II uniforms, Garcia and Pazos’ collection consists of printed cotton fabrics, midnight navy light wool and silk charmeuse.
The annual Academy of Art University Graduation Fashion Show was held San Francisco on May 14, 2015.
Runway Photos by Randy Brooke and Designer Portrait by Rob Curry, courtesy of AAU