On September 9, 2017, the School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University held its 21st annual runway show at Skylight Clarkson Square. In the talent-packed show, models strutted their stuff in designs from ten recent BFA and MFA graduates. Each piece was a true expression of the unique individuality of each talented designer.
The diversity in designs truly wowed the audience, which included some of the biggest names in the fashion industry. So much of the student’s hard work is all in preparation for these 15 minutes of fame. Having the opportunity to showcase your talent in the competitive fashion industry is essential to the success of new and aspiring designers. The show not only gives students a chance to establish themselves but also promotes individuality and creativity.
Formerly known as Academy of Art College, The Academy of Art Universty is a private art school in San Fransisco, California. Founded by Richard S. Stephens in 1929, it is one of the largest privately owned art and design schools in the United States, while the school’s campus owns one of the largest amounts of property in San Fransisco. The school has participated in New York fashion week bi-annually since 2005.
The Academy of Art University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Students can choose to earn an associates, bachelors or masters degree in more than twenty different subjects related to art and design. Currently, there are just over 12,000 students, with over half of them being women.
Aside from their competitive academic programs offered, the university also owns and operates an automobile museum. More than half of the cars are owned by the university, with the other half being donated by the Stephens family. Their collection holds some of the most valuable vintage cars, estimated to be worth more than $70 million. The museum serves as both a platform to learn about the history of cars and as a tool for students to help further enhance their skills.