The School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University had its first runway showcase. This was held on September 9th, 2017 Skylight Clarkson Square. Five womenswear and two menswear collections were debuted by then recent Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts graduates.
An array of fashion and design was shown by the designers, impressing everyone that attended. Career mentors were in attendance including the Director of Education and Professional Development at CFDA, Sara Kozlowski and America’s Next Top Model host Ms. J Alexander. The designers that showcased their collections names are Jelly Shan, MFA, Ryan Yu, MFA, Cana Klebanoff, BFA, Joanna Jadallah, MFA, Saya Shen, MFA, Carlos Rodriguez, BFA, Dina Marie Lam, MFA, Eden Slezin, MFA, and Hailun Zhou, MFA. These amazingly creative designers come from all over the world, from the United States, to China, to Mexico, and beyond. Coming from all kinds of backgrounds the graduates were inspired by many different cultures and ways of life. Some of the designers used many different materials to create contrast, while others pulled images from nature to create their works of art. All of the pieces were outstandingly beautiful and creative. They worked many painstaking hours to get ready for this showcase and it was surely worth it.
The Academy of Art University was founded in 1929. It is based in San Francisco and is a privately owned art school. The school was established by Richard S. Stephens who is Sunset Magazine’s creative director. He believes that artist deserve to study at an art institution regardless of their whether they have a portfolio or not. They also should be educated by professional artists.
This art based school turns up and coming students into professional designers and artists. The Academy of Art University enrolls about 12,600 each year, the United State’s largest privately owned art and design school.
Graduates have been hired by well known companies such as Pixar, Nike, Zynga, EA, and Apple. Students can pick from a number of majors including graphic design, game design, fine art, illustration, and much more. Some of the Academy of Art University’s famous alumni include Raven-Symoné, Lauren Conrad, and Heidi Montag.