Skylight Clarkson Square hosted the Academy of Art University‘s 21st runway fashion showcase on September 9, 2017. Ten of the Art University’s BFA and MFA graduates debuted some men’s and women’s fashion collections. The newly talented and very promising designers come from places that span from mainline China all the way to the cost of Maine in the United States to present their fashions in New York city . Some of the judges included Ms. J Alexander from America’s Top Model , and Sara Kozlowski, who’s the current director of Education and professional Development at CFDA. All the students at the Academy of Art University have taken many classes and internships lasting many hours in order to be ready for 15 minutes on the runway.
The Academy of Art University made its home in San Francisco, California since 1929, originally known as the Academy of Advertising Art. The school was founded by Richard S. Stephens, who was a painter and magazine editor of Sunset Magazine. Mr. Stephens was the head of the school until 1951 when he handed the position over to his son. Students can come in person or ,since 2002, have been able to have art classes online. The Academy of Art University holds more than 70 alumni and gallery exhibitions per year in the San Francisco area.
In 1992, Elisa Stephens took over as president of the Academy of Art University where student enrollment has grown from 2,000 students to 18,000 in a matter of 20 years. Twice a year, since 2005, Dr. Stephens had gotten the students of design involved in New York’s fashion week events. Among the famous alumni, are former television actress Raven Symone, Lauren Conrad, and Heidi Montag (https://www.linkedin.com/edu/academy-of-art-university-19943).
Elisa Stephens is dedicated to having her teachers educate students with the latest technology and industrial trends. Many of the Academy of Art University graduates are finding jobs as designers for Apple, Google, Nordstrom,EA, Nike, Pixar, Zynga and others. In addition to clothing design and technology, the students are also majors in acting, animation, television, photography , and the music industry. Dr. Stephens the university’s future.