Founded as the Academy of Advertising Art by Richard S. Stephens in 1929, The Academy of Art University is a privately owned for-profit art school, located in San Francisco, California. Having 283 full-time instructors, 1154 part-time teaching staff, and approximately 12,600 students, it is claimed to be the largest privately owned art and design school in the country.
On September 9, 2017 at Skylight Clarkson Square, the School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University held it’s much anticipated, 21st runway showcase. Every season is different- this season, with two collaborations amongst them, BFA and MFA graduates debuted five womenswear and two menswear collections.
From mainland China, all the way to coastal Maine, the ideas, creativity, and craftsmanship techniques most definitely kept the audience’s attention, including Ms. J Alexander from America’s Next Top Model. Sara Kozlowski, Director of Education and Professional Development at CFDA, was also there.
One of the fashionist’s, from Qing Dao, China and MFA Fashion Design, Hailun Zhou took photographs for a creative concept class, which lead to inspire her for the fashion show. She implemented vinyl, PVC, and fabrics she created, into her showcase. Hailun was selected for the CFDA Fashion Future Graduate Showcase.
Eden Slezin, who is in MFA Fashion Design, was influenced by his “life and loves” admiration for vintage denim. In his fashion, he implemented extra fabrics from Amour Vert and recycled rubber bike tubes to support sustainability in fashion, extra fabrics from Amour Vert, and organic denim that was donated from Cone Denim.
The Academy of Art University are firm believers in students who are interested in studying art and design, should have every possibility to, and it’s no-barrier admissions policy allows just that. The well proclaimed University welcomes students from all over the world for their 30 programs and multiple degree levels.