According to the article in the Huffington Post, New York Fashion Week is known to be the platform where usually new names get launched into the limelight. It is a rare treat of discovering a great talent. Try doing that 21 times consecutively. The fashion school at the San Francisco, California-based Academy of Art University (formerly Academy of Art College) held its twenty-first runway showcase on Sep. 9, 2017 at Skylight Clarkson Sq. the official home for the weekly all things Style.
This season, ten recent MFA and BFA graduates debuted a total of five womenswear plus two menswear collections, and with two collaborations between them. The School of Fashion director, Simon Ungless, said that every collection had an individual spirit, and yet the process had been done as a collective.
Considering the various backgrounds of the designers, from the mainland China to the coastal Maine with several remote places intermediate, the range of idea, outlines, plus craftsmanship techniques moved the audience. The audience included Professional Development at CFDA, Director of Education, and the legendary Miss J from the America’s Next Top Model as well as Sara Kozlowski.
All the classes, internships, workshops, as well as “last-minute” hours of meticulous labor up to the fifteen minutes on the runway. And in front of their equals, potential career mentors plus the whole wide world (through live streaming) they presented their ideas for the destiny of fashion.
The Academy of Art College, currently known as Academy of Art University, is a for-profit art school that is privately owned. It was founded in 1929 by Richard as AAA (Academy of Advertising Art). It has 1154 part-time teaching staff and 283 full-time teachers, plus approximately 12,600 students.
It is the largest art and design school that is privately owned in the U.S. In San Francisco, the school is among the largest property owners, with the main campus situated on New Montgomery Street (which was formerly Montgomery Street South) in the South of Market area.
In 2007, the WASC gave Academy of Art University regional accreditation. The school is a certified institutional member of the NASAD. The school is offering master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees in nearly 25 subjects. Several courses are offered online.