New York Fashion Week is one of the most highly anticipated annual events in the fashion industry. Each year, aspiring models and designers use New York Fashion Week as a platform to establish themselves in the competitive world of fashion. Finding real talent is rare, and some of the biggest brands use the event to scout new talent, so putting your best foot forward is a must. At the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, ten recent graduates of the schools BFA and MFA 15 minutes of runway time to display their latest designs. Each style is unique, with its own story to tell. This year will mark the schools 22nd annual show.
Established in 1929, Academy of Art University, formerly the Academy of Advertising Art, was founded by painter and magazine editor, Richard S. Stephens. Keeping it in the family, Stephens later passed the leadership torch to his son, who later passed it to his daughter, Elisa Stephens in 1992. While under her leadership, the school’s student body increased from just 2000 enrollments to 18,000 by 2012.
Academy of Art University is a regionally accredited institution offering associates, bachelors and masters degrees in more than twenty different subjects. The institution is one of the largest property owners in San Francisco, and thus offers private transportation to each student to lessen the difficulty of transitioning classes. Their extensive campus also features the universities automobile museum, which holds some of the worlds most valuable vintage cars.
Teachers and Staff at the Academy of Art University are on a mission to help inspire the worlds most creative minds to reach their full potential. The schools no barrier admissions policy allows all students, regardless of their educational background, the opportunity to pursue their degree. All that is required is a passion for learning, and a desire to succeed.