New York Fashion Week has a history of launching stylists and designers into successful careers. This year, the Academy of Art University was able to hold a showcase at the infamous New York Fashion Week. Students were able to offer up rare and unequivocal talent. At the Art Academy’s 21st showcase, graduates of the school were able to display two menswear collections as well as five womenswear collections. The graduates were able to show off two collaborations of collected work between the two collections.
The backgrounds of the designers reached from Coastal Maine to the mainland of China, offering the clothing lines a unique sense of diversity and uniqueness, traditional to New York Fashion Week. Ms. J Alexander, a judge on America’s Next Top Model, and Sarah Kozlowski, the Director of Education and Professional Development at the Council of Fashion Designers of America, were both in attendance during the Academy of Art University graduate showcase. Both were eager to express how impressed they were with the graduates painstaking and awe inspiring work. In just 15 minutes on the runway, the graduates were able to turn heads and impress those who were already cemented in the fashion universe.
Richard S Stephens was serving as Sunset magazine creative director in 1929 when he established the Academy of Art University. In order to make true artistic professionals, Stephens knew that he had to guide students with the proper techniques and instructions. If they were willing to put in the dedication and hard work, he knew that these aspiring artist would find their way in the vast world of Art and Design. What separates Stephens methods and the methods of the Academy of Art University from other schools, is that Stephens believes that education and art can only be taught by professional artists. These artists become more than just teachers; they become mentors that will lead the next generation of artists and designers.
88 years later and the Academy of Art University is still making strides in the artistic fields. The work that their graduates and instructors create have touched numerous continents and countless countries. The works have made their way into the homes of impressionable consumers eager to embrace the next iconic fashion trend.