Aspiring fashion designers dream of participating in New York Fashion Week in hopes that their creations will gain recognition and interest from big names in the industry. Academy of Art University holds a runway showcase at New York Fashion Week, and 2017 marked its 21st time doing so. Graduates of the program had the lucky opportunity to present their collections to people such as Ms. J Alexander and Sara Kozlowski.
The Academy of Art University was founded in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens, Sunset Magazine’s creative director. The primary purpose was to teach students about art advertising. Nearly a century later, the school offers degrees in over 20 subject areas. Students can earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The university offers in-person programs on their campus in San Francisco and some programs can be completed entirely online.
The university offers nine different areas of focus within the fashion program. Students can study design, merchandising, styling and journalism. Many students choose to focus on the relationship between technology and fashion. Others focus on sustainability. One such student Eden Slezin, an MFA Fashion Design graduate who showcased at this year’s NYFW, used organic denim and recycled rubber bike tubes to create his collection.
In addition to NYFW, Academy of Art University hosts its own Annual Graduation Fashion Show. Graduates of the university showcase their designs in San Francisco, and it has become known locally and within the fashion industry as the “Fashion Week of San Francisco.” Students have further opportunities to show their work at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
The Academy of Art University shows at NYFW are viewed as a glimpse into fashion of the future. True to this concept designers such as Ryan Yu, MFA Fashion Design, constructed futuristic garments with bold contrast. Hailun Zhou, MFA Fashion Design, created stunning garments out of vinyl and PVC, giving a glimpse into what high fashion will look like in years to come.
Academy of Art University graduates stand on cutting-edge trends in the fashion industry. The world looks forward to what they will create in the future.