Every year, New York Fashion Week draws fashion lovers, designers, influencers and celebrities from all over the world. For students at the Academy of Art university’s campus, it is an opportunity to show off their skills and expertise through their unique designs. Their 21st runway show featured ten recent graduates. The showcase, which has been held bi-annually by the university since 2005 debuted five womenswear and two menswear collections.
With a diverse team of student designers, the pieces and ideas for the show demonstrated a wide range of different styles and cultures. Seated in the audience were some of the biggest names in fashion, including runway coach Ms. J Alexander from America’s Next Top Model and Sara Kozlowski from CFDA. Students work tirelessly throughout the year in order to deliver designs that wow their audience, and the rest of the world via live stream. The experience also gives them an opportunity to gain real-world experience in the fast-paced fashion industry.
The Academy of Art University was established in 1929 by Richard S.Stephens as a small school for advertising art. In 2007, the Academy of Art University received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Since then, student numbers have reached well over 10,000, drawing the attention of celebrities like Heidi Montag, Raven-Symone and fashion designer Kara Laricks. Currently, the school offers degrees in twenty-five subjects both online and on campus.
The school also owns an Automobile Museum that serves as a public conservator of history in the automotive industry, as well as a unique learning experience for students. All proceeds from museum admission are donated to charities. Unlike most traditional colleges and universities, the Academy of Art University has an inclusive admissions policy. Students are not judged by their past academic records, but for their desire and potential to succeed.