New York Fashion Week is a major opportunity for fledgling designers to make a name for themselves. The School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University hosted its 21st runway show at the famed Skylight Clarkson Square last September. 10 recent grads of the Academy of Art University unveiled their designs to the world. The grads presented five women’s wear lines, two men’s and two collaborated works.
The Academy of Art University, The Academy of Art University’s main campus is located in the South of Market district of San Francisco, CA. Founded in 1929, the originally advertising focused school has evolved into an art and design powerhouse offering students the chance to pursue professional careers in 31 disciplines in the art and design field.
The diverse group of fashion grads worked their tails off putting together the show. With the spotlight beamed on them, the aspiring designers made the most of their 15 minutes of fame, turning heads and winning hearts with designs that were fresh and original. In front of potential mentors, which included America’s Top Model’s J. Alexander, peers and the entire internet via live stream, the Academy of Art University alums made their school proud. And in doing so, assured the continuation of the Academy’s hallmark of developing some of the industries brightest and most creative minds.
Notable Alumni of the University include Academy Award winning Make up, hair stylist and special effects man Rick Baker (for Disney’s 2014 movie Maleficent), 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner Deanne Fitzmaurice, Star Wars animator Tim Bertino and actress Heidi Montag.
“These are the designers who will inspire and lead the next generation of creatives”, said Jayne Foster, the Academy’s Graduate Director of Fashion regarding the bright young alums. And in viewing the the creative offspring of these youngsters, the future looks very bright indeed.
With a faculty consisting of 283 full time and 1154 adjunct teachers, and a student body of 12,600 students (undergrad and graduate combined) The Academy of Art University is one of the largest privately owned art and design schools in America.