The Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion held its 21st runway showcase on during New York Fashion Week. Ten recent graduates from The Academy of Art University debuted a total of seven collections and two collaborations on September 9th, 2017. Graduates included students from California, China and various other places within the U.S. The collections were shown off in front of a reputable audience of fashion industry experts including Ms. J Alexander from Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model. Highlights from the design collections included a womenswear collection featuring pieces representing the translation of digital prints taken in nature. Additionally, a featured menswear collection was inspired by the expression of light.
Located in San Francisco, California, The Academy of Art University has featured the collections of current students and recent graduates of the school during NYFW for the past 12 years. In order to better help post graduate transitions and launch future career plans, The Academy of Art allows students to showcase their collections to prospective fashion industry members. As reported by their official website, the Academy of Art had a total student population of 7,959 for the 2016-2017 academic year. Incoming students have a variety of different degree programs to choose from, however, popular programs include design, entertainment, fine art and liberal arts. Currently, The Academy of Art University is the largest accredited private art university in the U.S.
The Academy of Art University was founded Richard S. Stephens on the basis of transforming students into artists and designers. Stephens also founded the school on the belief that students wishing to major in the arts, should be able to without the admission of an art portfolio showcasing prior individual work. After drawing upon inspiration from his past career as Sunset Magazine’s creative director, Stephens helped the Academy of Art University open in 1929.