Designer Bio

Hi. I am  Francesca oh!  I am the 11thchild out of thirteen, born to a seamstress mother.  I remember begging her to let me sew with more than a needle and thread.  I finally got my wish when I was 7.

Variance Crinkle Silk

Variance Crinkle Silk

In high school, I played designer, making a least one outfit a week. I received my BFA in 1983 as part of the first graduating fashion design class of Otis-Parsons School of Art and Design in Los Angeles.  Junior year, I went to Parsons of New York.  That year I won the Parsons’ award for the Fall Season’s best design in lingerie, the “Silver Thimble”.  After graduating I worked in Taiwan as an assistant sweater designer. A year and a half later I moved to San Francisco and worked as a dress designer.  In 1985 I launched my own line: Variance.  Variance was best known for hand painted silks and crinkle silk clothing.

Goodwill Eco Chic

Goodwill Eco Chic

In 1993 I closed shop after my first son was born.  Since then I have costumed for my children’s school plays as well as professionally.

Two years ago I worked with Goodwill on their Silicon Valley Eco Chic Fashion show, subsequently this inspired my “Repurposed” line.



I also have continued with more traditional designing that I call my “Classics.”



Visit me at: Francesca oh Website Francesca oh on Facebook and Francesca oh’s! Etsy Shop

One thought on “Designer Bio

  1. Therese Cauchon says:

    Francesca O.: Keep on go ohing! Just like indigenous cultures use every bit of the whale, I appreciate your line of repurposed clothing. ZerO (waste / waist) = Francesca Oh! Oh, yes! Oh, yea!

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