Students from the impressive Academy of Art University in San Francisco have once again made their way to New York to take part in the annual Fashion Week event where they proved themselves a success once again. New York Fashion Week regulars, including Miss J. Alexander and many other fashion experts who made their way to the 21 runway shows created by BFA and MFA graduates in both the menswear and womenswear sectors.
The former students of the Academy of Art University have been at the heart of the growth of recent New York Fashion Week events involving recent graduates from the school which assists graduates in making their debut at the annual series of events. Students require some assistance with their designs as the 15-minute shows at New York Fashion Week can be the result of many years of work.
A diverse range of designers debuted their work with ten graduates showing at New York Fashion Week, including Eden Slezin who used the denim-based history of the San Francisco area as inspiration for the line of vintage jean-based designs; showcasing the different areas of inspiration used by graduates of the institution included the death of the aunt of Dina Marie Lam who explored the sense of transition she felt following her own loss.
The Academy of Art University has been a major part of New York Fashion Week when a bi-annual tradition began with a number of graduates from the school making their way to ‘The Big Apple’ to show their latest designs in 2005.
Despite now being known as a leading fashion school the academic institution began life as an advertising and marketing school under the leadership of advertising editor Robert Stephens; the grand-daughter of Robert, Elisa Stephens has been instrumental in expanding the range of options open to students since she took over the Presidency in 1992.
Over the years the college has become accredited to a range of bodies such as the National Association of Art and Design. As the range of courses on offer has expanded the number of accreditations has also expanded to include a Bachelor of Architecture program accredited to the National Architectural Accrediting Board.