The Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion hosted its 21st annual showcase on September 9, 2017 at Skylight Clarkston Square. This year’s display included five unique and astounding womenswear and two menswear collections.
Designers from around the world attended and shared their ideas and expertise in the field of fashion design. Amongst the presenters were Sara Kozglowski, Director of Education and Professional Development at CFDA and Ms. J. Alexander from America’s Next Top Model. Also in attendance was Joanna Jadallah, of MFA Menswear Design. Joanna’s collection, which included the use of suiting fabrics, cashmere knits and brocades, and lambskin leather, conveyed the story of her ancestors’ struggle as they were forcibly exiled from their Palestinian homeland. Another exemplary collection was that of Carolos Rodriguez, from Mexico City. His embroidery included a mixture of hand and machine techniques. Other outstanding collections from as far as China left the audience in awe and anxious for the next exhibition.
Founded in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens, the Academy of Art University accommodates 12,608 students from 112 countries- 8,303 of which are undergraduates and 4,305 postgraduates. The faculty consists of 283 full-time teachers and 1154 part-time teaching staff. Located in San Francisco, California, the university has both an urban campus as well as online course offerings.
In addition to a bachelor’s degree, the university offers its students both an associate’s degree and a master’s degree in approximately twenty-five subjects, including advertising, industrial design, photography, interior architecture & design, and animation & visual effects.
Academy of Art University has accreditation from several organizations- Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. Not only are traditional studies in art offered, the university holds art shows and gallery exhibitions every year.