For fashion photographer Liz Caruana, it's not all about the image. Sure, she's captured models posing in designer duds for the pages of Vogue, but she sees beyond the clothes. Her most recent project has focused on fashion designers themselves, rather than their garments. In a series of portraits of local designers, she hoped to capture the personalities of the people behind the clothes -- and the results may surprise you. Some designers are new moms, some are college kids, and some just don't seem like fashion folks at all.
This weekend, Caruana presents her photographs in her new book, The Bay: Creators of Style, at Carte Blanche Gallery. Accompanying the portraits of the designers are stories of how they got into the fashion industry, their ethical and environmental concerns, and their ties to the San Francisco community.
As part of Art Beat, an ongoing interview series with local artists, SF Weekly spoke with Caruana about her current project, the San Francisco fashion scene, and the art of photography.
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