The Academy of Art University participated in its 21st season of runway showcases at New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Ten BFA and MFA graduates of the university’s School of Fashion debuted their collections at Skylight Clarkson Square on September 9, 2017.
In total, Academy of Art University students presented five womenswear collections and two menswear collections during this NYFW season. Two of the collections were collaborative efforts. Sara Kozlowski, the Director of Education and Professional Development at CFDA, was in attendance, as was America’s Next Top Model personality Ms. J. Alexander. The shows were also livestreamed for audiences around the world.
The diverse backgrounds of these 10 graduate designers informed their debut collections, which offered both local and international points of view. All manner of textures and silhouettes were on display, and the collections demonstrated technical craftsmanship using materials ranging from vinyl to rubber bike tubes. Themes included sustainability in fashion, exploration of personal stories, and philosophy. Many collections drew inspiration from nature, different cultural traditions, and architecture.
Located in San Francisco, California, the Academy of Art University was the first art university to be invited to present student work at NYFW and has been doing so on a biannual basis since 2005. The university also showcases its student, faculty, and alumni work locally in San Francisco, holding over 70 exhibitions every year in galleries around the city.
The School of Fashion’s undergraduate and graduate program offers coursework in design, textiles, knitwear, and merchandising and also teaches students to use the latest technological tools to aid them in their design work. In addition, students receive mentorship from industry professionals who have trained under famed design houses such as Alexander McQueen and Oscar de la Renta.
Since its founding in 1929, the Academy of Art University has produced a number of famous alumni who have made names for themselves in various fields from television animation to athletic footwear design. Several of its alumni have competed on the television program Project Runway, and some students have gone on to win Academy Awards, Emmys, and Pulitzer Prizes.