The Academy of Art University’s campus, in downtown San Francisco, is designed to give young, aspiring artists the professional groundwork that they need to achieve success in their chosen medium. Student work and graduate’s work is showcased and admired, and nowhere is this clearer than at the 21st annual New York Fashion Week shows in the Skylight Clarkson Square.
Ten recent graduates from diverse background presented at the Fashion Week event, showing off their latest designs. Viewers were treated to a glimpse of five womenswear and two menswear collections. Years of classwork, internships, workshops and last minute brainstorming coalesced into their fifteen minutes of fame, showing off their work in front of an audience of peers, potential mentors, and professors that included Ms. J Alexander from America’s Next Top Model and a livestream audience expecting to be wowed.
The goal of the Academy of Art program was to bring out their visions for the future of fashion. As a result many of the collections demonstrated eco-friendly, recycled items that smoothly merged with traditional dress and clothing inspired by favorite cultures around the world. Among the presenters were people born in China, Mexico, and throughout the United States. The resulting blends were a melting pot of ideas, colors, silhouettes, and styles that spoke to the individuality and creativity of the young designers.
Sunset Magazine’s Creative Director, Richard S. Stephens, founded The Academy of Art University in 1929, based on his conviction that aspiring artists deserved to be professionally trained by professional artists. Its multi-faceted curriculum allows students to major in the artistic expression which speaks to them, whether it be fashion design like the students participating here, or music, photography, animation, and more. With over 18,000 students, The Academy of Art University is the largest private, accredited art and design school in the USA.
This was the twenty-first Future of Fashion show presented by the Academy of Art University, showing just how deep the talent network has been out of the undergraduate Fashion department. Graduates have even gone to win accolades at the prestigious New York Fashion Week in New York City.