Many think of art as paint brushes and canvas. But the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California combines traditional art and design into fashion that transforms into a unique niche of fashion design that hasn’t been seen before.
This uniqueness of the Academy of Art University students was on full display during the School of Fashion’s 21st runway showcase at Skylight Clarkson Square on September 9, 2017. There were 10 BFA and MFA graduates displaying a combination of five womenswear and two menswear collections along with two pairs of students collaborating.
The collections included designs that were inspired by personal experiences, landscapes and the use of certain preferred fabrics and materials. These materials included anything from denim to vinyl and PVC and many things in between. The designers’ creations were born from ideas during travel excursions, the passing of a loved one, landscapes including snow-capped mountains, trees, ocean waves and even the emotions experienced by the hardships of ancestors is reflected in these one of a kind collections.
The broad range of designs shown is reflective of the diverse backgrounds of the students attending the Academy of Art University. The school was founded in 1929 and is still turning out many of the world’s finest artists and designers today. The University’s mission is to be an all-inclusive institution preparing students for careers in design, communication and the arts, offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as portfolio development and certificate programs. With a barrier-free admissions policy, if you have the creativity and passion for the arts then there is a place for you.
The Academy of Art University has purposely remained in an urban setting. Both the city of San Francisco and the University have grown together and influenced each other over the years. This relationship has fostered creativity for the student population which in turn allows the students to give back to the community in which they belong. For certain, the Academy of Art University will be turning out the best and brightest of the art and design industries for years to come.
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