The School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University held a runway featuring ten BFA and MFA graduates. The runway featured five womenswear and two menswear collections. Many famous and influential people within the fashion industry attended the show incliuding J Alexander from America’s Next Top Model and Sara Kozlowski, the director of education and professional development at CFDA. Because of the runway’s diversity, many of the students had their own spin on their fashion. For instance, MFA Menswear Design graduate Joanna Jadallah was inspired by her Palestian ancestors who were forced to flee from the country. BFA Knitwear Design graduate Cana Klebanoff was inspired by samurai and the architecture of castles, and MFA Fashion Design student Jelly Shan was inspired by a trip to China.
About Academy of Art University
The Academy of Art University (formerly known as Academy of Art College) is a for-profit art school in San Francisco, California founded in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens. The school has received an accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is an accredited member of the Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Academy of Art University offers associate, bachelor, and master’s degrees in around 25 subjects and offers classes online.
The university also owns and operates an Automobile Museum. With over 200 cars in possession, the collection is valued to be around $70 million. The Urban Knights are the school’s sports teams, who compete in nine sports in the NCAA Division II.
Many of the Academy of Art University’s alumni have gone on to work in various industries in art and entertainment like Project Runway competitors Melissa Fleis and Elena Slivnyak. In addition, many of the school’s staff is made up of various accomplished people including cartoonist Art Spiegelman, Myth Busters host Adam Savage, and former designer of Alexander McQueen Simon Ungless.