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Fashion Forward at Academy of Art University

New York Fashion Week is an event where new names in the industry can get discovered. The event held September 7-13, 2017 saw several new faces being launched into the limelight–young talents from the Academy of Art University. It was the university’s 21st time at Fashion Week.


The university was established in 1929 in San Francisco. During the past nearly ninety years in operation, the school has served as a place for creatives to hone their skills and earn degrees.


This runway showcase saw 10 percent of the university’s BFA and MFA graduates showing collections. There were five womenswear collections and two menswear.


Each collection was reflective of its designer. Inspiration was drawn from throughout the globe from places as disparate as mainland China to coastal Maine.


The collections impressed. Among those in attendance at the event were some well-known names in the world of fashion, including Ms. J Alexander who is closely linked to America’s Next Top Model.


These collections were the culmination of years of study, and they were just a small example of what the school prepares students to do. Extensive preparation and years of study played out in 15 minutes on the runway and highlighted the vision these up-and-coming designers have for the future of fashion.


MFA Fashion Design graduate Hailun Zhou drew inspiration from a day’s journey she had done for a class. This translated into a collection using vinyl, PVC, and fabrics created by fusing together different materials.

Another MFA Fashion Design graduate Eden Slezin drew inspiration from the Bay Area. This translated into a collection that stressed sustainability in fashion and that used donated denim, fabric scraps, and recycled rubber bike tubes.


The remaining collections likewise reflected their creators’ backgrounds and passions. Each was a glimpse into the future of fashion.


The university gives students the skills that they need to pursue their passions. It offers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a variety of fields that run the gamut from acting to game design.


Some big names have graduated from the university. Among these are Raven-Symoné, Heidi Montag, Lauren Conrad, and Asencio.


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