For those with dreams of becoming the next Coco Chanel or Ralph Lauren, the Academy of Art University has become the launching pad for future style mavens. At the 21st runway showcase at New York Fashion Week, the Academy of Art University debuted its best and brightest.
Recent Academy of Art University graduates, featured at New York Fashion Week, include Hailon Zhou whose creative fabrics and material choices turned heads on the runaway. Another graduate, Dina Marie Lam, used the passing of a family member to inspire her design line. Miss Lam’s dresses featured sleek lines with warm colors and complex fabric choices.
Some of the more daring designers included Rayan Yu whose designs played with light and darkness to evoke an emotional reaction in each execution. Another Acadmey of Art University graduate, Joanna Jadallah, used her family’s personal journey from Palestine to create cutting-edges designs featuring traditional fabrics like lambskin and wool.
Overall ten recent Academy of Art University graduates were featured at New York Fashion Week. Each one of the designers brought their own unique voice to their debut show. And the exposure at the highly attended event may be hearing more from these designers in the near future.
For those with a passion for clothing design, the Academy of Art Univeristy is considered one of the best stepping-stones to a career in fashion world. Based in San Francisco, the Acadmey of Art University enrolls over 12,000 students and is staffed with almost 300 full-time teachers and about 1,200 part-time staff members.
Established in 1929, the Academy of Art University has graduated thousands of artists in the fields of fashion design to photography and fine art. Some of the distinguished alumni include Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice, Acadmey Award Winning Make-Up artist Rick Baker and fashion designer Kara Liricks.
Chances are, we will be hearing more from the ten Academy of Art University graduates featured at this year’s New York Fashion Week. It will be interesting to see how these graduates will affect the future of fashion.