The Unique Education of Academy of Art University

The Academy of Art University held their New York Fashion Week on September 9, 2017 at the Skylight Clarkson Square. It was the 21st annual Fashion Week. The main purpose is for professional fashion designers to discover the next generation of talent in fashion design. A total of ten recent MFA and BFA graduates displayed two menswear along with five womenswear collections and two collaborations. The graduates come from everywhere from mainland China to Maine and brought a diversity of idea which successfully won their audience of potential mentors over. Legendary J Alexander from America’s Next Top Model being one of them.


In the Academy of Art University, students learn how painstaking the process of fashion design really is. It is a field in which every little detail counts because something could otherwise go very wrong. Then there are many last-minute hours in which the design is refined and the last-minute details are added.


The Academy of Art University is a private and for-profit art school located in San Francisco, California. It was founded in 1929 by painter and magazine editor, Richard S. Stephens. At the time, it was called the Academy of Advertising Art. Stephens led the school until 1951 when his son, Richard A. Stephens took over, followed by his daughter, Elisa Stephens in 1992. The school has since increased to almost 20,000 students under Elisa’s presidency. The University has been participating in New York Fashion Week since 2005.


Another thing that the Academy of Art University is known for is their Automobile Museum. The Museum displays about 200 vintage cars, including a Tucker 48. Forbes has appraised them at approximately $70 million. About half of the collection belongs to the Museum and the rest belongs to the Stephens family personally. The Academy is also known for its athletics. Nine teams of the Urban Knights compete annually in the NCAA Division II at the Pacific West Conference.


Some famous alumni of the Academy include actress Lauren Conrad, actress Heidi Montag, and actress-and-singer, Raven-Symone. Some of their staff is also famous and includes Adam Savage of Myth Busters, actress Diane Baker, and journalist, Richard Hart. With both a very famous alumni and staff, the Academy of Art University has a strong foundation that is not likely to wither any time soon.

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