Richard S Stephens founded The Academy of Art University in 1929, as a “for profit” institution located in San Francisco, California.
Since 1929, the Academy of Art University has been the leader of innovation and creativity. The academy is located in San Francisco, and both have grown up together, proving to be an excellent connection for inspiring talent.
The 21st annual runway showcase for the Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion was held on September 9, 2017. This event is held each year as a means of debut for ten of the most recent BFA and MFA graduates; a way of introducing their newest women and menswear collections to colleagues, peers, and future customers all over the world, showing them all what these two groups of graduates have been able to create in collaboration.
What is so amazing about this fashion event is how so many of these graduating designers, with such various and diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds; from the United States to China and every where in between; can come together and put on such a beautiful and successful fashion event. These designs are some of the most interesting styles and fashion ideas that have attracted a very prestigious and impressive audience including, none other than: Ms. J. Alexander, from America’s Next Top Model, and Sara Kozlowski, Director of Education and Professional Development at CFDA.
All of this hard work that these young, upcoming designers have done to put together a successful showing for their hopefully future mentors, peers, as well as the entire world is to view and critique their designs, and it will all be over in a matter of a short fifteen minute showing on the runway; it is all about that “fifteen minutes of fame” and the hope of someone liking one of your designs enough to pick you up and either mentor, or hire you to design a new line for their fashion house. It all rides on those fifteen minutes on the runway.