This fall’s New York Fashion Week took place September 7-13, 2017, and brought to the public’s attention new designers to watch out for in the future.
During Fashion Week, the School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University held its 21st runway showcase at Skylight Clarkson Square and the results were impressive. Since 2005, the Academy of Art University has been participating bi-annually in the New York Fashion Week event.
These young designers, who received their education from the Academy of Art University, are introducing the future of fashion.
The unique and creative styles of ten recent BFA and MFA graduates were debuted in five womenswear and two menswear collections. These fresh new designers come from a variety of backgrounds, from exotic places, such as Mexico and China, to well-known spots, such as Chicago and LA. They each used their own individual cultural and traditional backgrounds to create beautiful and unique designs.
One of these designers, Joanna Jadallah, who has an MFA in Menswear Design, was born in Chicago, Illinois, but was raised in Orange County, California, and has a Palestinian background. Jadallah’s collection was inspired by her ancestors flight from Palestine and their need to leave their loved ones and possessions behind in order to begin a new life in America.
Another designer, Saya Shen, who has an MFA in Fashion Design, is from Beijing, China. She used scenes in nature to create her designs. Using the many landscapes she photographed, she was inspired by the snow forms of Hokkaido, Japan, and by the topography of the trees and ocean waves in San Francisco, to design her clothing.
The Academy of Art University is a privately owned for-profit art school in San Francisco, California. In 1929, it was founded by Richard S. Stephens as the Academy of Advertising Art.
Since 1992, his granddaughter, Elisa Stephens, has been the president. Under her presidency, the number of students has increased from 2000 to 18,000. Currently, the Academy of Arts University is the largest privately owned art and design school in the United States. Their athletic program is intensive as well.
The Academy of Art University offers both Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in Fashion Design. Classes are taught by faculty working in fashion today.