Fashion and Student Trends is a student-initiated, student-run nonprofit organization designed to bring the world of fashion to the University of California, Berkeley. The first branch of FAST was originally established in 2001 on the University of California, Los Angeles campus. Through the collaboration of our founders, Berkeley launched its own FAST branch in 2005. Since then, the organization has grown tremendously and continues to serve the Berkeley fashion community in its 5th year of operation.
Our organization is dedicated to nurturing and fostering the talents and enthusiasm of students interested in the fashion industry, including designers, models, artists, photographers and other students seeking corporate fashion experience. Each semester, FAST members design, publicize, and host a fashion show featuring the original creations of our talented Berkeley student designers. Apart from being the only on-campus organization of its kind, FAST contributes to the greater community by collecting ticket fees and donating those proceeds to reputable charities. Past recipients include the California Alliance for Arts Education, Visual Aid, and A Miner Miracle.
FAST also offers several professional events throughout the year, including sketching and sewing workshops and career information sessions with employers in the fashion industry. In the past, FAST has hosted info sessions presented by DFS Galleria (an upscale retailer owned by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) and Academy of Art University. Members have also attended on off-campus excursions to places like the Academy of Art Spring Fashion Show and the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit at the de Young Museum.
Join us as we continue to support our fashion-oriented Cal students and promote philanthropy in the community at large.