This years NYFW show was a big hit in the fashion industry with professionals gathering together to release the latest trends. One of the heavy hitters was the Academy of Art University. The school held its 21st showing on the runway this year.
Located in San Francisco, California the academy is notorious for being on the cutting edge of all things fashion. Originally founded in 1929 the school occupies one of the largest properties in the San Francisco area.
The early years of the Academy of Art University began under a man named Richard S. Stephens who was both a magazine editor and painter. The Academy went through several transitions under the leadership of his son Richard A. Stephens and most recently, his daughter Ella Stephens. Under her leadership the Academy of Art University has been attending the NY Fashion week since 2005.
At the 2017 Skylight Clarkson Square event the Academy of Art University boasted collections from ten recent graduates. Their work consisted of five womenswear and two menswear collections. Simon Ungless, the Executive Director of the School of Fashion has been quoted as saying, “each collection has an individual spirit yet the process has been executed as a collective”.
The academy boasts an incredible diversity and creativity birthed from the diverse backgrounds of each student. Many students come from as far as mainland China while others hail from the coastal towns of Maine.
These substantially different perspectives are clearly woven into a gorgeous tapestry of fashion. Admired by all for its unique, breathtaking and cutting-edge ingenuity the schools creativity knows no bounds.
The Academy of Art University is a fully accredited institution from Western Association of Schools and Colleges in addition to being an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
This year the student body totaled 12,608 students. The academy offers an associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 25 subjects. They also have a strong online program available to students as well.
If you have a passion for fashion and design this is one higher learning institution that truly has it all.