In 1929, the Academy of Art University was founded by Richard S. Stephens to give students the opportunity to be successful in advertising art. Then in 1951, Richard A. Stephens took over the university from his father and in 1992, the family tradition continued with daughter Elisa Stephens as she established herself in the role of university president. Since her tenure, the university has increased in student numbers and in 2005, the university started participating in the New York Fashion Week.
The growth of the university continued with the last runway show exhibiting recent graduate’s work. Graduates of the school debuted five collections for women and two collections for men. Two groups of graduates collaborated to show their talent on stage at Skylight Clarkson Square, the official arena for New York Fashion Week.
During fashion week, all the hard work paid off. Simon Ungless, the Executive Director of the School of Fashion, commented that each graduate showed their individual talent, but they all worked together to form a full collection. Audiences were impressed with the range of diversity from each of the designers that showcased silhouettes and craftsmanship techniques.
The Graduate Director of Fashion at the Academy exclaims that these are the designers that will lead the next generation of creative influx in the field. The Academy of Art University continues to foster emerging talent, who are privy to state-of-the-art facilities and curriculum tailored in several areas of study. Students exposed to training at the university increase their chances of success as the company has a history of companies like Apple, Nike, Zynga, and more that end up hiring talent from the school.
All the hard work these students did is showcased within 15 minutes on the runway, but the exposure to potential career mentors is well worth the hours, workshops, internships they go through to prepare for this moment.