Discovering new talent fashion is not a common occurrence, doing it 21 times in a row is amazing. This has been the tale of the Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion. For all the 21 times that the Academy of Art University School of Fashion has participated in a runway showcase at the New York Fashion Week, they have showcased amazing talent and styles that have gone on to be among the biggest names in the fashion industry in subsequent years. The New York Fashion Week is a major platform where new talent in the fashion industry is launched into the limelight.
This year was no different for the Academy of Art University as they participated in the New York Fashion Week held at the Skylight Clarkson Square on September 9th. Ten graduates from BFA and MFA debuted two menswear and five womenswear collections, including two collaborations. Considering the diverse range of backgrounds of the designers and ideas that the New York Fashion Week attracts, with participants from as far as China and Maine and everywhere in between, presenting so many fashion ideas and styles was no mean feat for the Academy of Arts. These designs impressed an audience which included the Director of Education and Professional Development at CFDA Ms. Sara Kozlowski and America’s Next Top Model’s J. Alexander.
Some of the designers in this year’s season of the New York Fashion Week who excelled include Hailun Zhou from Qing Dao in China, Dina Marie Lam from Los Angeles, California and Eden Slezin from the Bay Area. All three are graduates of MFA Fashion Design. Also from MFA Fashion Design was Ryan Yu from Beijing, China, Jelly Shan from Hangzhou in China, Joann Jadallah from Chicago and Saya Shen from Beijing. From BFA Fashion Design there was Carlos Rodriguez of Mexico City in Mexico, who was raised in Clarksburg California, Cana Klebanoff of Queens New York.
All these designers presented a wide range of craftsmanship techniques, ideas, and silhouettes which impressed the audience and cemented the Academy of Arts University’s position as one of the most successful fashion schools in the world. They are the designers to keep an eye on in the coming years as they continue their career growth.