The Academy of Art University School of Fashion recently hosted its 21st runway showcase. Held at Skylight Clarkson Square, the program showed the future of fashion through the designs of 10 recent graduates of BFA and MFA. The show featured 5 womenswear collections and two menswear collections. There were also two collaborations among them. School of Fashion executive director Simon Ungless explained that while each collection had an individual spirit, the process was a collective effort.
The designers hailed from as diverse places as Beijing, Qing Dao, Hangzhou, Zhejiang and Shenyang, Liaoning in China, San Francisco and Los Angeles in California, Queens, New York, Chicago, Illinois and Mexico City, Mexico. They drew inspiration from observing the world and the things in it like peace, joy, light, darkness, art, culture and ancestral elements, trees, ocean waves, temples, love and other emotions. The designers created their innovative outfits out of materials like recycled rubber, patent leather, lambskin, jersey, lightweight wool, cashmere knits and brocades, embroidery, vintage denim and vinyl. The designs blend modern and traditional, the past and the future to create beautiful, innovative outfits never seen before.
The Academy of Art University is a San Francisco, California based for-profit art school. The privately-owned institution, formerly known as Academy of Art College, was founded in 1929 by painter and magazine editor Richard S. Stephens. Originally it was called the Academy of Advertising Art. But as the majors it offered broadened, the name was changed. With over 12,600 students, it’s among the country’s largest privately-owned schools for art and design.
The Academy of Art University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It’s also a National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredited institutional member. The university offers 25 majors in which students can earn associate, bachelor’s as well as master’s degrees. The Academy of Art University began taking part in New York Fashion Week events in 2005.
Actress and singer Raven-Symoné, actress Heidi Montag, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice and Academy Award winning hairstylist and makeup artist Rick Baker are some of the school’s most famous alumni.