The Academy of Art University is based in New York City, and last year its School of fashion took part in the New York Fashion Wek. The School of Fashion showcased its talent on the runway for the 21st time in September 2017.
The Academy of Art University has been a stellar participant in the fashion event, impressing the audience with the imagination, creativity, and craftsmanship of their students. Last year, there were ten MFA and MFA graduates of the School of Fashion. They debuted two collections in menswear and five in womenswear, as well as two collaborations among them.
The pieces that were presented on the catwalk were uniquely handcrafted with thought, creativity, and skill. The pieces ad something to say about some different topics and the participating designers achieved that loud and clear. Many of the pieces showed off the statement that there needs to be sustainable in fashion and a sense of upcycling and recycling in the production of fashion. To achieve that, the designers used unconventional materials such as rubber, nets, and even bicycle chains.
The participants were diverse in background, techniques, and ideas. The MFA Hailun Zhou from Qing Dao, China drew on her inspiration of concept photos that she had taken during a trip. She says that the forms and shades inspired some of her creative choices. Zhu used unconventional materials such as PVC, vinyl, and others to create her pieces and was selected for the Fashion Future Graduate Showcase of the CFDA.
Another participant was Eden Slezin, an MFA from the Bay Area. His inspiration came from his appreciation of vintage denim as well as the individuality of San Francisco, its shapes, and colors. Eden Selezin used organic denim to create the pieces that he received as a donation. He also used recycled bike tubes made of rubber, Slezin was selected for the Elaine-Gold Launch Pad of the CFDA.
MFA Dina Maie Lam was selected for the Fashion Future Graduate Showcase as well. She used luxurious materials that conveyed warmth and solace. She wanted to evoke a feeling of being embraced by a loved one which is a feeling she craved after her beloved aunt passed away.