We ask the graduates that presented their debut collections in a group showcase during New York Fashion Week to reflect on their journey, creative process, and inspiration.
A recent collaboration between BFA Fashion Design student Zixuan (Stella) Quan and BFA Knitwear Design student Lulu Hui-Ju Tsai, yielded a six-look collection for their senior thesis project, which utilized their strengths, and served as a proxy for an industry-like exercise.
Yohamy Cisneros, BFA Fashion Styling, Academy of Art University, explores concerns about the fragility of our identity in the social media world of globally shared personal content, and the rise of automated facial recognition. Collections by Ryan Yu and Hailun Zhou, both MFA Fashion Design graduates, support the sci-fi aspect of the story with their metallic, plastic, and black and white graphic effects.
Sophia Charles, BFA Styling, conceptualizes the quest for identity alongside the people who influence us on the journey from childhood to adulthood. Dressed in oversized clothing that won’t fit for another decade, the children play and explore their rustic, dream-like world.
Chinese fashion design student, Weina Li, reflects upon and informs us about “the Chinese Cultural Revolution” under Mao Zedong through a fashion concept video entitled A Piece of Red Cloth.
What happens when your model ‘muse’ is a balloon? When MFA students are mid-collection and inspiration strikes? A playful re-imagination of models, shape, and collection prototypes are artfully captured by Simon Ungless, and Danielle Rueda.
MFA Photography alumna, Isabella Bejarano reimagines the pages of Nancy Cunard’s autobiography in the visual form. Heiress, author, activist, and muse, Cunard inspired through her multifaceted roles and trans-continental heritage and 180 Magazine honors Cunard’s compelling avant-garde personal style.
Michelle Helene is a womenswear label created by School of Fashion alumna Michelle Grunberg (BFA Fashion Design, 2003). Her unique woven textiles and designs are created by hand and cater to an increasingly appreciative audience desiring environmentally-conscious and style-savvy fashion.
We have all heard that fashion is at a crossroads. That the rules of engagement have changed, the patterns of consumption have shifted, and the industry’s structure has been deemed arcane and disrupted.
When it comes to crème de la crème talent pool, alumni Max Lu and Jingci Jessi Wang are the latest Academy success story.
Explore some of the looks from the NYFW S/S17 Runway from MFA and BFA Fashion Design students
Behind every compelling image is a stylist working their magic to make ordinary objects come to life and grab the viewer's attention.
...the reality behind the fashion industry lies in the collaborative spirit between not only a designer or a team of designers, but also in the collective process between a group of creatives working together.
With her fashion photography career already prospering, Academy of Art University fashion journalism student Heather Perry continues to explore new vistas.
"If you build it, they will come." That has been the working philosophy behind SHOP657, a unique retail experience that has taken shape under the auspices of the School of Fashion's Merchandising Program.
Born in Amsterdam, recent Academy of Art University graduate Shoshana Pinedo headed east after earning her MFA in Fashion Design in May 2013 with a final collection of women's wear...
A milliner's journey from San Francisco to London to Nevada City
Academy of Art University's New Interdisciplinary Costume Design Program Teaches Students the Art and Craft of Successful Production
Textile has often oscillated between art and commerce in search of the perfect medium. Today, the relationship between fashion designer and print designer is the closest it has ever been, thanks to a shared artistic process.