In this year’s New York Fashion Week, ten emerging fashion designers from the Academy of Art University held their fashion shows. Undergrad and Graduate students from the University put on a stunning show that got attention from the fabulous Ms. J Alexander, a fashion icon who was on the show America’s Next Top Model. CFDA was very impressed with what students like Eden Slezin, who focused on the use of vintage denim, and Saya Shen , who focused on integrating her designs with digital prints, presented. Along with what other designers from the school presented as well. The students presented mens and womenswear and others were in collaboration with other collections. The students came from a variety of backgrounds and places like China and Mexico City. Each student explained their varies experiences and inspirations that inspired their collections.
The students studied at the Academy of Art University which was founded in 1929 by a painter, Sunset’s Magazine’s creative director and magazine editor, Richard S. Stephens. The school has always been under the leadership of the Stephens family from Stephens son , Richard A. Stephens and now under the leadership of Stephens granddaughter, Elisa Stephens. This is a for-profit , privately owned school located in San Francisco, California. The University boost an amazing Urban campus and holds classes online as well. Students can study subjects from Photography to Fashion design to etc.
This school has alumni who have been contestants on Project Runway like Alexandria von Bromssen, Runner-up and Melissa Fleis, 3rd-place finisher on Project Runway. They also lay claim to teaching the great Rick Baker himself. Amongst other alumni who have achieved multi awards and recognition around the world.
Just like any other University, the Academy of Art University has a sports team and is a part of the Pacific West Conference in nine sports in NCAA Division II. The school is better known for their track teams and cross-country and sprinters with producing an olympic sprinter by the name of Mobolade Ajomale. Their school colors are black and red and team mascot is the Urban Knights.