Possibly the biggest industry in the world, fashion, is a gift that some people just possess. The Academy of Art University is a place for those special people to be discovered. Formerly known as the Academy of Art College the school is privately owned in San Francisco, California established in 1929. The for-profit art school prides itself in being the largest art and design school in the United States. “Built by artists for artists,” is the schools motto employing about 283 full time teachers and 1154 part time teachers; the school can properly teach and inspire their 12,600 students.
The Academy of Art University held their 21st runway showcase in September of 2017 helping to launch new names into fashion. With new names and designs out there ten of the recent MFA and BFA graduates were invited to New York Fashion Week; debuting five womenswear and two menswear, along with two collaborations. The new designers were well received showing off their Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 collections. With diverse backgrounds and interests among the ten graduate students, there was one thing in common they care about fashion.
Putting in hours of painstaking labor just to have the 15 minutes of fam on the runway. In front of their peers, potential clients, and mentors they took a chance on themselves presenting what they see as the future of fashion. Without the help of the Academy of Art University who knows if the ten graduates would have been able to debut at New York Fashion Week. It is once in a lifetime that you have this kind of shot, especially when you are considered a “nobody” in the fashion world. However, these ten individuals wowed their audience, including the well-known Ms. J Alexander from America’s Next Top Model. Being noticed by big names will help with the career search that is ahead in paving their own way in the fashion world.