On September 2017, for the 21st year running, the Academy of Art University‘s School of Fashion put on display the eclectic work of recent BFA and MFA graduates, representing some of the world’s premier fashion design prospects.
Held at the Skylight Clarkson Square during the year’s second edition of the biannual New York Fashion Week, the runway showcase saw the debut of two menswear and five womenswear collections and the introduction of ten of the industry’s most promising designers. Streamed online to a worldwide audience, with a cosmopolitan slate of debutants and with some of fashion’s biggest names in attendance, it was a continuation of an Academy of Arts tradition that dates back to 2005 and sees student designers and recent graduates present their work under the bright lights of Fashion Week. President of the Academy, Elisa Stephens, has touted the exposure it gives the young designers, saying, “Presenting their work to industry professionals is an incredible opportunity for student designers.”
As it has for over two decades, the Academy of Arts continues to establish itself as a breeding ground for young, budding fashion design talent, solidifying its position at the forefront of the industry’s future.
Founded in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens, a San Francisco painter and magazine editor, as a school for artists specializing in advertising, the Academy of Arts saw rapid growth at the turn of the century, with enrollment increasing by over 10,000 students between 2000 and 2012. In the aftermath of this growth, the Academy has emerged as one of the leading art schools on the West Coast and in the country.
Particularly lauded is its School of Fashion which can claim as alumni designers such as Kara Laricks and Alexandria von Bromssen, as well as numerous employees of leading brands such as Adidas, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton and Chanel. It offers a variety of degrees in areas as varied as fashion journalism, merchandising, costume design and fashion design.
The Academy also offers a number of programs in areas such as film, architecture, photography and liberal arts.