Runway in the Redwoods

A Nature-Inspired Fashion Show

Sunday, June 23 | 4 – 6 pm

On Sunday, June 23, 2019, the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley hosted Runwayin the Redwoods: A Nature-Inspired Fashion Show. The unique Redwood Grove Fashion Show featured original garments, textiles, and sculptural adornments created in collaboration directly inspired by the Garden. Designers-in-Residence created a collaborative show on themes of Seeds, Growth, Bloom, and Decay/Transformation featuring plant-based design and innovation. Read more

Video: Lowe + Helzer; Music: Steven Emerson

Photos: Paige Green Photograhy


Aleishall Girard Maxon is an artist and designer based in the Bay Area. She explores all mediums but most recently has concentrated in fiber-based sculpture and paper collage. Her work always starts with color and then from there comes form, texture, and the dialogue between all three. | @aleishallgirardmaxon

Angelina DeAntonis founded the Ocelot clothing line in 1998 and created the Joan Baez world tour 2003 wardrobe. She has exhibited her work at the deYoung Museum, American Textile History Museum,  San Jose Museum of Textiles and Quilts and Museo de Bellas Artes in Santiago, Chile. Her work is currently available at CHIC boutique in Oakland. | @ocelotclothing

Ashley Renee Corso is a costume designer and slow fiber artist. She explores natural dyes and alternative materials like mycelium, microbial leather, and agricultural waste. As a costumer with a passion for theatre and performance, her relationship to textiles is always on the body. | @ashleyxreneec

Christina Kim moved with her family to Los Angeles from Seoul, South Korea when she was fifteen. She studied painting and art history at the University of Washington, Seattle, under the mentorship of painter Jacob Lawrence. In 1984, she co-founded dosa, a clothing and housewares company based in Los Angeles. Kim draws on traditional handwork techniques, particularly in India, Mexico, and Colombia. | @dosaflyingfish

Erica Tanov is a designer who seeks beauty in all forms. Working with the finest fabrics, embracing meticulous construction and subtle detailing, yet always drawn to raw, natural beauty, both Tanov’s clothing collections exude a relaxed, lived-in grandeur. Located in California in Berkeley, Larkspur, and Los Angeles, Erica Tanov boutiques feature the designer’s own collections. She is the author of the nature-inspired interior decor book Design by Nature. | @ericatanov

Kenya Miles is the artist & alchemist behind Traveling Miles Studio, a one woman textile and fine art studio utilizing sustainable materials from earth pigments to natural dyes.  Kenya’s work honors ancient practices while harmoniously drawing on a distinctive contemporary voice. From the valleys of Oaxaca, Mexico to the red clay roads of Ntonso, Ghana, Kenya’s process is a ledger of years of wandering and apprenticing around the globe. | @travelingmilesstudio

Kristine Vejar is most happy when surrounded by plants, color made by plants, and textiles. She is the author of the book The Modern Natural Dyer, a teacher, and the owner of A Verb for Keeping Warm. | @avfkw

Sierra Reading works within the fields of education, sustainable fashion, and textiles. Commercially, Sierra works exclusively with plant-derived dyes to create seasonal color collections for a variety of designers. In her personal art practice, Sierra uses traditional textile processes to create scenarios in which participants collectively interact with cloth as a way to create community and connections surrounding the stories behind what we wear. | @madebysierra

Designer Process