The New York Fashion Week offers a platform for new names to be launched into the limelight. The School of Fashion department of the Academy of Art University held its 21st runway showcase on 9 September 2017. At the Skylight Clarkson Square, which was the official residence for the NYFW for two weeks, the University premiered collections by ten Bachelors and Masters of Fine Arts graduates.
During the event, they showcased two menswear, five womenswear, and two collaborations. The participating graduates were Hailun Zhou, Carlos Rodriguez, Eden Slezin, Dina Marie Lam, Rheanna Oliver-Palanca, Joanna Jadallah, Saya Shen, Cana Klebanoff, Ryan Yu, and Jelly Shan
Given the diverse backgrounds of the designers, a range of ideas, craftsmanship, and silhouettes which impressed the audience was on display. Their meticulous efforts added up to 15 minutes on the runway where they presented their perception of the destiny of fashion not only to their career mentors but also to the world too via live streaming.
The Academy of Art University is a private institution founded in 1929. It was established by the creative director of Sunset Magazine, Richard S. Stephens, with an objective of transforming students into professional artists and designers. It has 283 full-time members of staff and 1154 part-time teaching staff. With a student population of over 18, 000, it boasts of being the largest privately owned school of art and design accredited in the United States.
It offers bachelors, masters and associate degrees in 25 subjects, some of which are provided online. The university’s Automobile Museum, which Forbes values at over $70 million, is owned and operated by the school. In 2007, the institution received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It is also an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
The university has been keeping pace with emerging trends and technologies in the industry. It has been taking part in the New York Fashion Week since 2005. The institution’s leadership has been passed on through three generations. Currently, the Academy of Art University is led by President Dr. Elisa Stephens and Emeritus Richard A. Stephens who is the chairman.