In a recent Huffington Post article, the spotlight is on the 21st annual runway showcase hosted by the School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University. One of the highlights of New York Fashion Week, this runway event was held in September of 2017, and showcased the design creations of up-and-coming fashion designers.
Founded in 1929, the Academy of Art University is a highly regarded institution that has an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. Undergraduate and graduate degrees in the arts, design and communication are offered at this top-rate school located in the heart of San Francisco, California.
According to the Huffington Post article, ten recent design graduates with BFA’s and MFA’s had the opportunity to display two menswear collections and five women’s wear collections at this year’s runway showcase.
One of the designers is Chicago-born Joanna Jadallah, whose collection of clothing includes cashmere knits and brocades, suiting fabrics and lightweight wool options. The pieces of clothing that Ms. Jadallah created in this compilation are inspired by her Palestinian ancestors who were forced to leave their homes, and the lives they had established. The pieces that are shown possess an unusual yet appealing rope-like appearance that brings to mind intricate weaves and macrame.
Another one of the designers is a woman named Jelly Shan, who was born in China. Ms. Shan designed a collection of women’s clothing that was influenced by Chinese religious objects.
While maintaining its high standards of excellence, the Academy of Art University has successfully embraced a changing world. An expanded curriculum and degree programs, online courses, and the implementation of green practices place this university at the forefront of modern educational practices.
Interestingly, the Academy of Art University also owns and operates one of the world’s most impressive collections of classic antique automobiles at the Academy of Art University Museum. All admission fees from the museum are dontaed to charitable service organizations.