In the “Big Apple” during the New York Fashion Week, new designers hit the runway where they bask in the limelight of their innovative creations while turning the fashion world upside down with their visions for the future of fashion.
Graduates of the Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion held its 21st runway showcase at the Skylight Clarkson Square, official residence of style, in September of last year. The Academy of Art University is a privately owned for-profit school located in San Francisco, California. Founded in 1929 by Richard Stephens as a school for advertising art, the school is now the largest privately owned art school in the US. The school boast of a faculty and staff of 1,439 full and part time instructors, and its impressive student population of over 12,600.
This showcase featured ten BFA and MFA graduates who debuted with two menswear collections, five womenswear collections and two collaborative collections. The diversity of the class is one of the reasons for the eclectic appearance and feel of the designs. Witnesses to the creative range of this dynamic group included Ms. J. Alexander from America’s Next Top Model and Sara Kozlowski, Director of Education and Professional Development at CFDA. For fifteen minutes of runway fame before family, peers, mentors, and the world, these graduates were able to reap the rewards that come with hard work, intense planning, and painstaking sacrifice.
Some of the evening’s favorite looks featured separates and dresses made of vinyl, PVC, and fabrics created by fusing different materials together. Vintage and organic denim evoked a message of sustainability while soft, luxurious material said warmth and comfort inspiring those who were only interested in the best in fabric. Even the beauty of culture was captured by designs using cashmere and brocades, lightweight wool, and lambskin leather.
With clothing designs that are bold, edgy, fresh, and wearable, the Academy of Art University proves once again that we can dress to impress.