Academy of Art University Showcases the Future of Fashion Design

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.

Betsy DeVos: A Champion for School Choice

Betsy DeVos began her political career in college and hasn’t stopped fighting for change ever since. At Calvin College she inserted herself into the political community and began her lifelong commitment to activism. Over the last 30 years she has been the chair of several campaigns, organizations, political action committees, and even served as the Michigan Republican Party’s chairman for six years.Most of DeVos’ philanthropic record has been devoted to helping children obtain the quality of education that they deserve and empowering parents to help obtain that education. School choice is one of DeVos’ most strongly held beliefs and a reality she fights for to this day.When her own children went through school, she realized how many parents had to sacrifice everything just so their kids could get the best education. Potter’s House Christian School first caught Mrs. DeVos’ eye when her own children were school aged.

Over the years, she and her husband have returned to the school several times, contributing enough to support individual students at first, then expanding to support much larger programs. They still support Potter’s House Christian School, but Mrs. DeVos has grown her activism and reach far beyond a single school.In the 1990s, Betsy DeVos started an organization that granted low-income parents scholarships so they could choose the best school for their children and send them wherever they saw fit. It helped, but Ex-British PM David Cameron praises Betsy DeVos DeVos knew it wasn’t enough. A larger problem existed, and she made it her mission to try to fix it.She went on to serve on the boards for both Children First America and the American Education Reform Council, both nonprofit organizations that seek to provide school choice to parents and quality education to children in the United States. In 2000, she and her husband fought to change the constitution so that it would allow tax-credit vouchers or scholarships, but they were unsuccessful.That didn’t stop Betsy DeVos, though.

Betsy answered that defeat by starting the Great Lakes Education Project, a political action committee dedicated to influencing statewide education reform, largely through the expansion of charter schools. The committee enjoyed such great success between the years of 2001 and 2002 that DeVos was encouraged to take her initiative nationwide.At that point, Betsy DeVos became involved in an organization she would go on to chair called the American Federation for Children. She was a primary force in that organization, creating a more streamlined process and cohesive cooperation and furthering the work of helping parents obtain access to school choice so that students can receive the education they deserve.Mrs. DeVos still works tirelessly to bring school choice to as many people as possible across the country. Her work has been largely responsible for major successes in Florida, Louisiana, and Illinois, as well as other states, but she routinely admits there is much work left to do. One thing is for certain, though; Betsy DeVos won’t give up anytime soon.