The partnership between New York Fashion Week and the Academy of Art University would hardly seem stronger than it would appear to be in 2017 after one of the most successful weeks in the history of the art institution. In total, ten graduates from the Academy of Art University showed their latest collections at the world famous event to a crowd including many luminaries of the New York fashion scene who gave their enthusiastic support to the work of the students from a diverse range of backgrounds.
The 21 shows created by Academy of Art University graduates including both menswear and womenswear collections which only added to the excitement surrounding the event for those familiar with this historic liberal arts college. One of the most anticipated collections at New York Fashion Week was that created by Dina Marie Lam, a Los Angeles native who has used her time at the Academy of Art University to become a rising star in the fashion industry after being named Super Intern and named to the CFDA Fashion Future Graduate Showcase. Some of the most striking designs shown at New York Fashion Week by Academy of Art University graduates were created by international students such as China’s Saya Shen and Mexico-born Carlos Rodriguez.
The success of the Academy of Art University graduates in bringing their work to New York Fashion Week is all the more striking when one considers the San Francisco-based art school only made the move into fashion in the 1990s; prior to the arrival of Elisa Stephens as President of the school the focus had largely been placed on the development of marketing and advertising skills.
Offering Associates, Bachelors, and Masters degrees under the leadership of Elisa Stephens has resulted in a sharp increase in numbers of students attending the school, including over 25 programs offered on campus and Online. The success of the Academy of Art University has seen the school spread its reach across much of San Francisco with dorms found across the city accessed by a private bus fleet bringing students to campus.