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Last September, the Academy of Art University held its 21st Annual runway showcase. The designers were recent graduates from around the world with collections of all kinds. In the audience was Sara Kozlowski of CDFA and Ms. J Alexander of Top Model. This show was the culmination of months of hard work and late nights for these students.
About the Academy
The Academy of Art University is located in the heart of San Francisco. More than 90 of their students have been honored for advancements in their fields. There have been nearly 100 Oscar nods from their students and alum. They have programs in design, liberal arts, entertainment, and fine art. It is one of the largest privately owned Art Schools in the United States.
The Academy’s Roots
The Academy was founded in 1929 by Richard S. Stevens under the name of Academy of Advertising Art. Stevens was a painter and magazine editor. He led the university until 1951 when his son took over. The academy continued to be family when Stevens grandaughter took over in 1992. Elisa Stevens has since taken the academy to new heights including this runway show.
What the Academy Offers
Currently, the academy has over 18,000 students and is the largest accredited private art & design university in the nation. They have programs in Acting, Advertising, Architecture, Art History, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Motion Pictures & Television, Photography, Web Design & more. Some of the alum includes actress Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag, actress and singer Raven Symone, fashion designer Kara Laricks, and make-up artist Rick Baker who is best known for winning an academy award for his work on Maleficent.
The show was a huge success and included works from Jelly Shan, Ryan Yu, Cana Klebanoff, Saya Shen, Carlos Rodriguez, Diane Marie Lam, Eden Slezin, and Hailun Zhou. One thing is for sure, we expect great things from these designers in the future.