A recent article was made concerning the New York Fashion Week Shows (NYFW) at the Academy of Art University, School of Fashion. NYFW is the platform launching new talent in the limelight, and their 21st runway was held at the Skylight Clarkson Square on September 9, 2017. Two menswear and five womenswear lines were created by ten of the university’s recent BFA and MFA graduates.
Some of the favorite looks and designers who will lead and inspire the next creatives’ generation, according to the university’s graduate director, Jayne Foster, are as follows: Hailun Zhou from Qing Dao, China, MFA Fashion Design using PVC and vinyl to create dresses, separates, and outerwear; Eden Slezin from the Bay Area, MFA Fashion Design using Sports Basement’s recycled rubber bike tubes, Amour Vert’s extra fabrics, and organic denim donated from Cone Denim for fashion’s sustainability support; Dina Marie Lam from Los Angeles, California, MFA Fashion Design chose luxurious and soft materials to evoke comfort and warmth; Carlos Rodriguez born in Mexico City, Mexico and raised in Clarksburg, California, BFA Fashion Design created the embroidery details for this collection using a mixture of traditional hand and machine embroidery techniques to enhance the contemporary feel of the garments; Saya Shen from Beijing, China, MFA Fashion Design used the alluring scenes in nature’s digital prints to appear on oversized silhouettes; Joanna Jadallah born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Orange County, California, MFA Menswear Design used the story of her ancestors along with lambskin leathers, suiting fabrics, lightweight wool, and cashmere knits and brocades;
Cana Klebanoff born in Queens, New York and raised in Monmouth County, New Jersey used wearable comfort and a sense of pride and strength in his pieces; Ryan Yu born in Shenyang, Liaoning, China, MFA Fashion Design, used the bold contrast of white and black in jersey, wool, and patent leather; and Jelly Shanborn in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, MFA Fashion Design, used the colors in her fabrics to be described as “fresh, edgy, and girly”.
Previously known as the Academy of Art College, this school is privately owned for-profit and is located in San Francisco, California. Richard S. Stephens found this school in 1929 in which was then known as the Academy of Advertising Art. Also, the university is one of the biggest property owners in San Francisco.
Richard S. Stephens led this school until 1950 when Richard A. Stephens, his son, succeeded him. In 1992, his daughter, Elisa Stephens, replaced his son. Since her presidency, the number of students increased from approximately 2000 to 18000 by 2012.
The Academy of Art University provides the master, bachelor, and associate degrees in approximately 25 subjects. They also provide some online courses. Over half the students are females.