The New York Fashion Week is always in the limelight. One reason is that it is a unique platform where the new people get a chance to get launched and attain recognition. Finding a great talent is rare these days. But The School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University has been doing it for 21 years now. It had the 21st runway showcase recently. This was organized on September 9, 2017. It was organized at the Skylight Clarkson Square. This season featured ten recent BFA as well as MFA graduates from this University. They showcased five womenswear alongside two menswear collections. There were two collaborations that were featured here.
Simon Ungless is the Executive Director of the School of Fashion at this University. He says that each collection has an individualistic style. But the entire process is a group activity.
One reason for the individuality can be the diverse backgrounds from which these designers come. While some are from mainland China, others are from coastal Maine and the places in-between. This was reflected in the wide range of ideas along with the variety of silhouettes that were presented here. The amazing craftsmanship techniques impressed all. The audience here included Ms. J Alexander from America’s Next Top Model. Another prominent figure was Sara Kozlowski, who is the Director of Education and Professional Development at CFDA.
Even though the entire show on the runway lasts for just 15 min, it takes several classes, workshops, as well as internships besides long hours of relentless labor that bring about these 15 minutes of fame on the runway. This is where the designers present their creation in front of their esteemed guests, peers, as well as potential career mentors. Now the show is being presented to the whole world through Livestream. In this way, all come to know about their visions with regard to the future of fashion.
All these are designers who have the ability to inspire and lead the future generations through their creativity. This is the faith that Jayne Foster, who is the Graduate Director of Fashion at the Academy of Art, has in them.