New names in the fashion industry often make their debuts during New York Fashion Week which is held each year in early September. One longtime participant in this event is the Academy of Art University out of San Francisco, California. For 21 consecutive years they have held a runway showcase which features fashion designers that have recently graduated from this educational institution. This year their runway was held at Skylight Clarkson Square which is at the center of New York Fashion Week. 10 recent graduates of the Academy of Art University took part in this year’s festivities. They showed off nine collections altogether; five for women, two for men, and a pair of collaborations.
According to Executive Director of the School Of Fashion Simon Ungless, while each student expressed their own sense of fashion what they collectively displayed made for a cohesive whole. The recent graduates were quite diverse, including students everywhere from the coasts of Maine to mainland China. On hand to witness their runway was Ms. J. Alexander who has been a judge on America’s Next Top Model.
It was back in 1929 that the Academy of Art University was founded, originally focusing on advertising art. It is a privately owned college that operates on a for-profit business model. Their campus is located in the South of Market district and they are one of the biggest property owners in the city of San Francisco.
At the Academy of Art University, they have associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs. They have around 25 degree programs and they offer some of their courses online although many must be attended in person.
The Academy of Art University is part of the NCAA Division II sports organizations. They compete in nine sports including cross country, baseball, basketball, and outdoor track and field. They compete as the Urban Knights and their colors are red and black. A number of notable athletes are graduates of this university including Brandon Poulson who once played for the Minnesota Twins. Another athlete, MoboladeAjomale, was a member of the 2016 US Olympics team and earned a bronze medal in the 4x100m relay.