The School of Fashion at Academy of Art University held its 21st annual runway showcase during New York Fashion Week and blew everyone away. The event took place on September 9, 2017 at the heart of Fashion Week, Skylight Clarkson Square. Ten recent graduates debuted their fashion lines of both menswear and womenswear and truly put their blood, sweat, and tears on the runway. Among the designers was a vast diversity, which shone through their work, providing an exciting uniqueness with each piece. There are certainly some names that we will see again in the fashion world due to the shows great success.
Established in 1929, Academy of Art University encourages and transforms aspiring artists of all fields to succeed. It was founded as the Academy of Advertising Art by Richard S. Stephens, a fine art painter and Creative Director for Sunset Magazine. With the help of his wife, Stephens opened an advertising school in a rented loft in San Fransisco. Within 10 years, the school also brought curriculum of fashion, design, and fine art. His son Dr. Richard S. Stephens transformed the 50 student school to a 5000 art professionals academy. By 1977 Bachelor’s and Graduate programs were introduced.
The Academy has grown to over 18,000 students and is the largest accredited private art and design university in the United States. The school’s philosophy, “hire established professionals to teach future professionals,” has shown through the many art showcases held by the Academy providing much success and recognition. The Academy of Art University believes in an open enrollment system, allowing all aspiring artists to follow their passions. Having San Francisco as a campus really allows inspiration to flow for the students, with such a culturally diverse and fascinating city to call home.
While the Academy of Art University completely killed fashion week in New York, the school has proven to shape and encourage the most talented artists in all fields. We really should not be surprised to hear of the ten designers that showcased on the runway. Professional and successful artists is nothing new out of Academy of Art University.