New York Fashion Week is about launching new names to find new talent. The Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion has delighted guests with 21 runway showcases. They recently debuted two menswear collections and five for women. The school is a non-profit privately-owned college in San Francisco, founded by Richard S. Stephens. Over twelve thousand students attend the Academy of Art University, and are taught by 283 teachers and more than a thousand part-timers. The campus is located just south of the Market district.
The designers have extremely diverse backgrounds from across the globe. The audience is always impressed with their techniques, craftsmanship and silhouettes. The runway showing takes workshops, internships, classes and hours of labor for fifteen minutes of runway fame. According to the Academy’s Graduate Director of Fashion, Jayne Foster, these designers will be the leaders and inspiration for the next generation due to their fashion visions.
Beginning in 2005, the Academy of Art University has been an annual participant in New York’s Fashion Week. The students are transported to the event on a fleet of private busses. The looks at this year’s showing were fabulous and included dresses, outerwear and separates make from PVC and vinyl by designer Hailun Zhou. An amazing use of organic denim, bike tubes and recycled rubber by Eden Slezin, and the comfort, warmth and luxurious materials of designer Dina Marie Lamb.
The Academy of Art University featured numerous incredible designers in Fashion Week. Carlos Rodriguez used traditional machine and hand embroidery techniques to create comfortable knitwear from wool blends. Saya Shen made a splash with digital prints feature nature scenes on oversized silhouettes. Joanna Jadallah designed a beautiful collection using lambskin leather, suiting fabrics, brocades, lightweight wool and cashmere knits.
The Academy of Art University prepares their students to become professionals in the design field. Their graduate and undergraduate degrees, portfolio development programs and certificates help ensure excellence in their students. They provide encouragement, so their students can develop their talent, creativity and technical skills with professional knowledge and skill. The environment is challenging, supportive and heightens creativity. Their services and programs are of optimal quality.