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Gr.Dano And Co. Celebrate California Style


“At first sight of the gr.dano collection, I could instantly spot the technical skill in the draping and construction,” says fashion curator Rose Apodaca, who assembled nearly 100 items from 11 designers for the Pasadena Museum of California Art’s biennial showcase. “Deciding what the show needed to be was easy; the real challenge was limiting the choices to 11.”

Gr.dano, suffice it to say, made the cut, joining the ranks of designers like Rodarte and Phillip Lim, who have shown in the biennial in years past. The line is the work of San Francisco designers and partners Jill Giordano and Brian Scheyer (pictured, with Apodaca). Its architectural-inspired shapes play off the other work in the show, which ranges from fashion to architecture to graphic design. “We’re excited to meet all the other designers, especially since we’re inspired by the other fields,” said Giordano. L.A. locals with an interest in their own field can head to TenOverSix, where they’ve just launched the collection, to pick up their sculpted jersey dresses, belted knee-length skirts, and exaggerated-collar button-downs.

California Design Biennial: Action/Reaction is on view through October 31, 2010, at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 East Union St., Pasadena, Calif., (626) 568-3665,

Photo: Donato Sardella

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