The Academy of Art University held it’s 21st runway showcase on September 9, showing off the work of its best and brightest fashion designers. The Academy boasts many successful alumni so it was all eyes on their work to see if the university has another winner on their hands.
While the Academy of Art University does frequently showcase its fashion designers, the school is a school for artistry in general. Founded in San Francisco in 1929, the Academy has always emphasized passion for the arts over a bulky portfolio. They believe that any aspiring artist can become a professional with the proper instruction and skills. Some of their alumni include Rick Baker, who holds the record for most wins and nominations for the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Bilal Lashari, a filmmaker whose movie Waar holds the record for the highest-grossing Pakistani film, and Deanne Fitzmaurice, who won a Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 2005.
Over the years, the Academy has grown and changed with the times. It is now the largest accredited private art and design university in the country. The Academy offers degree programs in 21 areas of study and offers programs for an AA, BA, BFA, MA, M.Arch, and MFA, all accredited. To prove it’s willingness to pair the dream of its creator with the changing times, the Academy offers online classes. Dozens of degrees can be completed completely online through the Academy, for those who cannot attend classes in person but still aspire to be great artists.
The designers in this runway hail from all over the globe, ranging from Qing Dao, China to Los Angeles, California. The runway is the most important fifteen minutes in the lives of these fashion designers. They present their work in front of not just their peers or even just potential career mentors, but also to the entire world thanks to live-streaming technology. It’s painstaking work but luckily this year’s graduates managed to impress the crowd.