The Evolution of the Princess Dress

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    Sat, Jul 29 | 1pm, 2017

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    $20 members | $15 student and youth members | $30 non-members | $25 student and youth non-members
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When an artist designs a film, the appearance of the characters can be a driving force for setting the appropriate visual tone. Walt Disney’s princesses—Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora—paved the way for how a character’s look influences the tone of the film. Discover how the iconic dresses and dramatic reveals created by Walt’s team continue to have an impact today, from Zac Posen’s red carpet fiber optic ball gown (worn by Claire Danes to the Met Gala 2016) to the embroidered Polynesian textiles crafted for feature animation Moana. Join clothing designer Jake Wall and visual development, costume design artist for Moana, Neysa Bové, for a talk on how Walt’s vision help create magical moments through fashion and shaped our perception of the iconic princess look.

About the Speakers

Neysa Bové

Neysa Bové is a visual development costume artist born and raised in Andorra, Spain. Bové lives and breathes fashion, and a lover of all things girly.

She studied Fashion Design at FIDM (The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) and later took courses at Cal Arts' acclaimed animation department. After a Costume Design internship at Walt Disney World Resort, Neysa began her career working at Disney Consumer Products. She has since designed Barbie dolls for Mattel, and now puts her costume talents to work at Disney Feature Animation. Her very first film contribution doing visual development, costume design was on Disney's Moana. Since then she's helped out on Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 and now is working on Disney’s Gigantic.

Jake Wall

Designer and entrepreneur Jake Wall is co-founder and creative director of JAKE, an upstart luxury fashion brand that offers garments with classic proportions and modern conveniences. Wall is the creative mind behind the eponymous brand’s custom and ready-to-wear clothes that are classic—yet modern—with a defiant twist.

Wall’s belief is one built around clothing for culturally progressive men and women. As JAKE, the company specializes in custom suiting, shirting, and separates for men and women as well as gowns, cocktail, jumpsuits, and bridal for women along with the brand’s signature “five easy pieces” wearNOW! ready-to-wear capsule collection. In 2015, Wall spearheaded the brand’s expansion into the limited edition ready-to-wear space and by summer of that same year, the excitement around the new offerings from JAKE captured the attention of the team behind Lifetime’s Emmy Award®-winning Project Runway.

Wall’s works have been featured in San Francisco Chronicle, Inc. Magazine, Gastronomique En Vogue, Marie Claire, and Women’s Wear Daily, and recognized by a number of awards including “Hot 20 People’s Choice Award Winner for Fashion,” 7x7 Magazine (2013); “Giving Heart Award for Fashion Design and Charitable Work,” Fashion on the Square (2014); “Best Partnership Award – Fashion Event,” Human Rights Campaign (2014); “People’s Choice San Francisco Designer to Watch,” 7x7 Magazine (2016).

In addition to JAKE’s commitment to community service participating in the Human Rights Campaign and the San Francisco Red Cross, Wall teaches at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, where he specializes in the business of fashion curriculum and mentors students one-on-one as part of the brand’s “Classroom to Careers” internship and career training program.

Wall currently lives in San Francisco along with brand’s official mascots, the rescued greyhounds Echo and SCOTUS (Supreme Canine of the United States) who frequent the flagship showroom and atelier in San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square.



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The Evolution of the Princess Dress
  • $20 members | $15 student and youth members | $30 non-members | $25 student and youth non-members
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