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The Contributions of the Academy of Arts University to the Future of Design


New York Fashion Week is a platform through which rare talents are discovered. On September 9th, 2017, the Academy of Arts University represented by its fashion design school held its 21st runway showcase. The designer’s diverse backgrounds were evident in their fashion designs and ideas. According to Ms. J Alexander from America’s Next Top Model, the craftsmanship techniques were impressive. A combination of hours in classes, workshops, and internships was essential to the development of the group. All the hours put into the work were represented on the 15 minutes runway. The designs showcased in front of their peers, mentors and the world depicted their visions.


The designs showcased represented each student’s thoughts and inspirations. Hailun Zhou design came from an observation and photographs taken during a creative concept class. From her inspiration, came designs made from PVC and fabrics. Zhou is to take part in the CFDA showcase. Saya Shen a designer from Beijing, China was inspired by a variety of landscapes to bring life to digital prints on oversized silhouettes. Part of the nature scenes represented was the snow forms in Hokkaido and the San Francisco topography. With the help of Kornit Digital, Saya transferred the landscape onto the fabrics. Another fascinating design came from Cana Klebanoff. Her design was inspired by the Japanese Samurai’s Armour with little elements of nature and castles. The design communicated a sense of comfort, pride, and strength. She was awarded a scholarship to study in Paris, France at Studio Bercot.


Academy of Art University is responsible for nurturing the talents of students in a variety of fields. It was formerly known as Academy of Art College. AAU is privately-owned and located in San Francisco, California. The University was established in 1929 by Richard S Stephens. It has a population of 12,600 students, 283 full-time lecturers and 1154 lecturers working on a part-time basis.


The University provides a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. Over the years, they have maintained an inclusive admission policy to all student meeting the requirements. They adopt a disciplined approach that helps the students develop individual styles. They also provide an environment that enhances creativity. Additionally, they help the students to land internship opportunities.


In several cases, the University creates a platform through which the students can showcase their skills to potential employers and mentors. The University has received a collection of awards including the Pacific West Conference Community Engagement Award for their philanthropy.