New York Fashion Week is a platform that allows people to tell their different stories through fabric and stitching. The School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University held its 21st runway showcase in September. Months of painstaking work, sweat and tears were poured on to the runway for 15 minutes for the world to relish. Ten new Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts graduates worked together to portray their visions of the future of fashion and stories from all their diverse backgrounds. They had five women’s wear, two men’s wear and two collaboration collections between them. There was the use of traditional hand and machine embroidery techniques and beautiful prints inspired by the breathtaking San Francisco topography. However, the creative combination of different fabrics carried the day.
Different and Better but the Same
The then Sunset Magazine Creative Director, Richard S. Stephen, established the Academy of Art University in 1929. He had a dream to transform aspiring and discerning artists into industry titans. He believed in the ability of a driven person to learn the relevant skills to thrive in their craft. The current President, Dr. Elisa Stephens, has done an excellent job of keeping the institution up to date while still maintaining the founding father’s vision. Thankfully, they have maintained a position ahead of the curve, which is a testament to their selfless commitment.
Churning Out Quality
The largest property owner in San Francisco boasts a state of the art facility right in the heart of the city. The Academy of Art University has a faculty of industry professionals like actress Diane Baker and a well-rounded curriculum to give the graduates an edge. Today, the institution has more than 18000 students and is the largest accredited private art and design university. It is exceedingly proud of its alumni, frequently posting on their achievements, awards, and nominations. On the list of former students are Raven Simone, Lauren Conrad, Elena Slivnyak and Alex Snyder. Most recently, the Academy of Art University was recognized as having the top rank in online education and animation.