New York Fashion Week is the place is whereby new names are brought into the limelight. On September 9th 2017, the Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion held its 21st runway showcase. The occasion took place at the Skylight Clarkson Square which is the official residence for the Style of the Week. During this season, 10 MFA and BFA recent graduated managed to debut 5 women’s wear and 2 men’ swear collections. There were also 2 collaborations among them. MFA Fashion Design, Hailun Zhou who comes from Qing Dao in China said that her inspiration came from her personal and observations photographs that were taken on a day’s journey that was for a creative concept class.
Hailun managed to come up with separates, outwear and dresses from this inspiration using PVC, Vinyl and fabrics that she created through the combination of different materials. Zhou was selected to be part of the CFDA Fashion Future Graduate Showcase in 2017. Eden Slezin who is a designer from the Academy of Art University stated that he was influenced by his loves and life reflection, love for vintage denim and also the individuality that is normally celebrated in San Francisco. According to Slezin, he used organic denim that was donation from Cone Denim, recycled rubber bike rubbers that came from Sports Basement and extra fabrics given by Amour Vert. Slezin was lucky to be selected by the CFDA Fashion Future Graduate Showcase and also as a finalist at the CFDA Elaine Gold Launch Pad.
Formerly known as Academy of Art College, The Academy of Art University is a for-profit privately owned school that is situated in San Francisco in California, United States. The school was established in 1929 by Richard Stephens as the Academy of Advertising Art. It has 1154 part-time teaching staff, 12,600 students and 283 full-time teachers. The Academy of Art University is the largest privately owned design and art school in the United States. It is also among the largest property owners in the region of San Francisco and its main campus is situated on New Montgomery Street, South of Market district.