Step aside last year’s fashion and say hello to the future. Tomorrow’s styles will have a unique spirit to them, and San Francisco’s Academy of Art University has prepared up and coming fashion designers to make an impact on the industry.
During New York’s Fashion Week, the leading fashion event of the year, the school offered its 21st runway showcase. The edgy, fresh styles of the diverse talent the caught the industry’s eye. These BFA and MFA students presented two collections of menswear and five collections womenswear.
Hailing from China to the coastal U.S., these students wowed veterans with their forward-thinking ideas and craftsmanship. Each of the students displayed a keen fashion sense and creativity that the audience loved.
One designer Hailun Zhou, a designer seeking a MFA, created outfits using vinyl, PVC and fabrics of various materials that were inspired by her own photographs and experiences for a creative concept class. Another MFA student designer, Eden Slezin, created a design from vintage denim, inspired by San Francisco’s own individuality.
The Academy of Art University, a privately owned for-profit college, prepares students for distinguished careers in art, design, and communication through undergraduate and graduate programs that include certificate and portfolio development programs. Not only do students learn from professionals, but they also create in a supportive, diverse community that will nurture each one’s talent.
The school boast several famous alumni, including Rick Baker, and academy award winning makeup and special effects designer, fashion designer Kara Lacricks, and Deanna Flizmaurice, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer.
The school of about 12,600 students has 238 full-time teachers and 1154 part-time staff. It is the largest privately owned art and design school in the United States. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The campus is located in the South Market district of the city.