Academy of Art University Turns Students Into Designers

Students enrolled at the Academy of Art University are showing off their talents during the prestigious New York City Fashion Week. The Skylight Clarkson Square is the site of the academy’s runway showcase. Featured in the show are students who recently graduated from the academy with an MFA or BFA. They collectively contributed two clothing collections for women and five for men.

MFA Fashion Design graduate Haliun Zhou’s contributions to the showcase include her line of clothing inspired by what she observed around her while embarking on a journey of creativity as part of a creative concept class. Haliun created her own unique fabrics and turned them into dresses and outerwear, among other clothing items. She used PVC and vinyl to create each of the pieces. As a result of her talent for fashion, she was chosen in 2017 to participate in the CFDA Fashion Future Graduate Showcase.

Haliun and other students of Academy of Art University have received a thorough education in design. This perfectly fits with the school’s mission statement, which includes teaching and design in the most disciplined way possible. The mission statement also covers the encouragement of each student when it comes to creating their own styles, culled from their creative aspirations and technical skills.

Other success stories of Academy of Art University students include MFA Fashion Design degree holder Eden Slezin. Eden, who hails from San Francisco, used the city’s focus on individuality to create her own styles. As an environmentally conscious designer, she made it a point to use recycled rubber and donated organic denim in the construction of her clothing. Not only did she share the CFDA Fashion Future Graduate Showcase with classmate Haliun, she was also a CFDA Elaine Gold Launch Pad finalist.

Eden is not the only San Francisco native to thrive thanks to the Academy of Art University. In fact, more than 70 alumni and current students have had their work featured in gallery exhibitions and shows throughout the Bay area.

However, the academy’s reputation attracts students from all over the world, such as Jelly Shan, who hails from China. She used a visit to Northwest China to serve as her inspiration for her clothing line, which she sees as fresh and edgy.

In fact,the alumni and student body of the academy is so diverse that it includes individuals from more than 112 countries, showing what an extraordinary reach the academy has.

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