Reminiscent of Project Runway, a popular fashion-design competition television series, New York Fashion Week’s stage brings new talents into the spotlight to introduce their diverse and unique designs. Students of the School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University, located in San Francisco, California, don models with their inspired creations to be received by NYFW seasoned audience members.
This event, however, is not daunting for this program’s students and faculty as September 9, 2017 marked the 21st anniversary of the School of Fashion’s participation. Center stage at the Skylight Clarkson Square, these eager designers reflected their ‘style roots’ from mainland China to the eastern shores of Maine-all with expert craftsmanship, stunning silhouettes and enhanced by their moving stories underlying their visual creations of fabric and textures within the folds and flows featured.
Among those collections debuted were five in the womenswear category and two in the menswear category. Two of these collections involved collaborative efforts by the designers featured. One native of Beijing, China created a design reflective of the snowy landscapes of her home country while another captured the artistic, textured flair of the San Francisco community. The culmination of these works sends a strong message about the diversity and inclusiveness of this Academy’s program. Each of these designers represented expertly their talents and skills enhanced through the programmatic instruction at the School of Fashion and the strong artistic foundation provided by the Academy of Art University faculty and leadership.
Turning a passion into a profession is a reward in and of itself. Recruiters and industry leaders recognize the Academy’s standing as vital to the careers pipeline within the fashion industry. No doubt, the 22nd Runway Showcase of The School of Fashion Academy of Art University at the 2018 New York Fashion Week will reveal more up and coming fashion pioneers and exceptional designs for fashion followers everywhere.