This photo shoot is a collaboration between Academy of Art University Alumni photographer Aldo Carrera, 2014 BFA Fashion Design Yuko Okudaira and BFA styling student Katelyn Johnson. Chinatown served as the backdrop for Yuko’s pieces; which blended in perfectly with the graffiti and created the perfect high fashion backdrop.
Aldo Carrera was inspired by Chinatown and the fact that the graffiti hasn’t been “buffed out” like it has in the newly gentrified districts of San Francisco. Aldo Carrera is a fashion photographer based out of San Francisco whose work has been featured many times on Fashion School Daily as well as multiple other publications.
Yuko Okudaira’s pieces fit perfectly in this photo shoot. For her graduation collection, she used graffiti as the inspiration and used spray paint to get the desired look. Her clothing makes a statement that did not go unnoticed at the Academy of Art University Spring Graduation Show. She was awarded a design internship with Missoni, a San Francisco Paris Sister City Scholarship Exchange in Paris and an internship with BCBG! Her talent also caught the eye of Aldo Carrera and together these two talented Academy of Art University Alumni’s have created a high end photo shoot that finds the beauty in graffiti!
Clothing by Yuko Okudaira
Produced and styled by Katelyn Johnson.
Text by Tess Collins