The Academy of Arts University is known for producing talented and original designers of all types, so it’s no surprise that some of that talent comes from The School of Fashion. This fact was reiterated on September 9, 2017, when The School of Fashion’s 21st annual runway showcase was presented at Skylight Clarkson Square. The Square serves as the hub for all things style and fashion related during the famous New York Fashion Week and has been the birthplace for the careers of many famous fashion and accessories designers.
The Academy of Art University was founded in 1929 and is reputed to the largest privately-owned design school in the nation. Degrees offered include associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and are available in over 20 art, design and fashion related majors. Alumni include Melissa Fleis, who took third place on season 10 of Project Runway, actress Lauren Conrad and actress Heidi Montag.
The Academy of Art University Automobile Museum boasts a collection of cars valued at over $70 million, and the University itself is one of San Francisco’s largest property owners. Founder Richard Stephens was a respected painter and magazine editor had a dream for an advertising art school. Over the years, and as the business was handed down through the family it has turned into one of the most well-known art schools and has been part of the New York Fashion Week on a yearly basis since 2005.
In attendance, and impressed by the show of craftsmanship were Ms. J Alexander of America’s Next Top Model and Sara Kozlowski, the CFDA’s Director of Education and Professional Development. The event was also livestreamed, presenting the designers and creations to an audience of millions. Inspiration for their designs came from a variety of concepts and events, and are clearly represented in the final products.
2017 CFDA Fashion Future Graduate Showcase award recipient Hailun Zhou gained inspiration for her vinyl and PVC line of outerwear, separates and dresses while completing an assignment for a creative concept class. The MFA Fashion Design holder from Qing Dao, China, also fused different materials together to create entirely new and original fabrics for her pieces.