The 21st runway showcase was held in September 2017 by the School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University. This show was held at the Skylight Clarkson Square where ten recent graduates showcased seven collections. These were recent BFA and MFA graduates that showed five women’s wear collections and two men’s wear collections and two that were joint collaborations.
New York is known for Fashion Week and where new names in fashion are earned, but the School of Fashion has produced new talent into the fashion industry and fashion week for twenty-one years. One of the reasons the University produces constant talent is the diversity of the designers that can be from the United States or any other country including China. This allows for unique ideas and craftsmanship techniques. The 15 minutes on the runway is what the classes, workshops, internships and hours of labor are what students find worth working toward. The students have the opportunity to show their vision with the world with live streams, the audience filled with top names like Ms. J Alexander from America’s Next Top Model and the Director of Education and Development at CFDA, Sara Kozlowski.
The Academy of Art University is privately owned and was founded in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens under the name the Academy of Advertising Art. The University is located in San Francisco, California and is one of the largest property owners in the city with its many campus buildings and the main campus located on New Montgomery Street.
Stephens the founder of the university was a painter and magazine editor and head of the college until 1951. After this his son Richard A. Stephens took over the school, retiring in 1992 when his daughter Elisa Stephens took the lead. The number of students at the University has continually increased reaching 18,000 by 2012. The school also has athletics teams with the Urban Knights that are members of the Pacific West Conference in the NCAA Division. They have a cross-country men’s team that took second place in the 2014-2015 year and the women’s team took fourth place in the Pacific West Conference Championships.
Some of the Alumni members of the school are familiar names including fashion designer Kara Laricks, actress and singer Raven Symone, and actress Lauren Conrad.