The New York Fashion Week presents a platform from which newcomers into the fashion world can show off their talent in fashion and design. Recently, Academy of Art University’s school of Fashion held its 21st runway event at the Skylight Clarkson Square. The event showcased two menswear and five womenswear collection designed by the graduates of the school. Each of the pieces showcased had a different theme, idea and craftsmanship techniques because of the diverse backgrounds of the students with some of them coming from as far as China and coastal Maine. Each of the designers took about 15 minutes to showcase their work to their fellow students, teachers and the whole world at large.
Academy of Art University was founded in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens, who was the creative director of Sunset Magazine. By then, it was known as the Academy of Art College but has since risen to become one of the largest property owners in San Francisco. The school has been working on its mission to create professional artists and professionals from its students. They are dedicated to putting in hard work, dedication and discipline of work so that they can learn the skills.
The founder of the institution was ready to admit students into the institutions regardless of their existing skill in art. He had a committed group of staff who were all professional artists to mentor the students. In the current day, the Academy of Art University integrates state of the art technology into its facilities and curriculum so that they can yield good results in the studies of the children. Most of their graduates end up working in high profile companies such as Apple, Nike, Pixar, EA, Zynga and many others.
Apart from fashion, the school also majors in Architecture, Visual effects, fine art, landscape architecture, Visual development, web design, interior design and many other hands-on courses. The school currently hosts more than 18,000 students becoming the largest accredited private art and design University in the United States. The work of the founder has been well continued by President Dr. Elisa Stephens and the Chairman, Emeritus Richard A. Stephens.