The fashion world looks forward to Fashion Week each year, and this past year was no different. This is when the School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University looks for those new, rare talented designers who stand out from their peers.On September 9, 2017 the School of Fashion held its 21st runway showcase at Skylight Clarkson Square, showcasing it’s top BFA and MFA graduate collections. During the 2017 season, the Academy debuted two men’s wear collections and five women’s wear collections. There were also two collaborations within the collections that were of note.
Designers came from diverse backgrounds, originating in a number of different places from China to the state of Main. This variety was reflected in the collections and the show displayed a wide range of techniques, concepts, and silhouettes that pleased the audience. One instance of this could be found in several unusual material choices in this season’s show. For example, Hailun Zhou, from China, made her designs from vinyl and fused fabric which she created, while Eden Slezin who came from from the California Bay Area used organic denim and recycled rubber bike tubes.
The Academy of Art University readies aspiring professionals for a future career in design, communication and the arts through exceptional undergraduate, graduate, certificate and portfolio development programs. The University offers an undergraduate general education curriculum intended to help develop critical thinking and communications skills. They also focus on demonstrating to students how to use the principles from a variety of disciplines to look at their creative emphasis from multiple perspectives.
The University prides itself on establishing a creative environment that provides the challenging learning and experiences needed to be a leader in a chosen field. This atmosphere is balanced with personalized support to help each student progress at their own pace and reach their goals. The faculty work to meet the needs of a diverse student population through the development of individualized strategies to get across different concepts and specific learning styles. The faculty underscore the importance of helping to create responsible, global citizens and not just designers and artists.