By now, it’s safe to say that San Francisco’s Academy of Art is the place the look for up and coming fashion designers. As the school held it’s 21st runway showcase, we got to see what the students offered when it came to expressing themselves through fashion. Five womenswear and two menswear collections were debuted by both the BFA and MFA graduates and with a wide array of diverse students, there were a plethora of design styles and inspirations to see with Hailun Zhou, Dina Marie Lam, and Carlos Rodrigez being a few names to mention.
While this is good news that the show went off without a hitch, it really serves as no surprise as the Academy of Art University is known as a place where fresh ideas and creativity are born, especially within the fashion industry as big names such as Chanel, GAP, and Ralph Lauren are always eager to hire their graduates. AoA University was founded in 1929 by Richard Stevens, a painter and magazine editor, and has been run by the Stevens family for three generations. The school dedicates itself to hiring the best people to teach the next generation, hiring actual experts in the field to make sure their students get the best education and guidance for their futures in the industries they pursue.
The school also takes pride in making sure that no student from any walk of life feels left out. The best example are the earlier mentioned MFA/BFA grads that were featured in their runway showcase. With graduates ranging from China to Mexico, there is nothing stopping the students attending from being great. While also offering in-room classes, Academy of Art offers online classes for a person’s convenience and have been offering such online innovation since 2002. All in all, Academy of Art University has been leading the charge for innovation for many fields for a while and will continue to do so. Their runway showcase is just a simple reminder of their prowess.