The Academy of Art University is based in San Francisco, California. Richard S. Stephens and his wife Clara founded the university in 1929 under the name of Academie of Advertising Art. By 1951, the school had over five thousand students and offered a range of instruction in varying design modalities. In 1966, the Academy started awarding Bachelor’s Degrees in Fine Art. Master of Fine Arts began being awarded in 1977. The Academy of Art University went online in 2002. By 1992, the university became fully digital with a vast array of course offerings and a student body in excess of fourteen thousand students.
The Academy of Art University presents many opportunities to aspiring artists. The university has relationships with many local San Francisco art galleries and holds more than seventy art shows in these venues annually. The students hail from all around the world, including representatives of over one hundred countries. Many of the alumni of The Academy of Art University have distinguished themselves in their respective design fields. Graduates of the university have been hired by a host of top-tier employers, such as Christian Dior, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
On September 9, 2017, The Academy of Art University held a runway show at Skylight Clarkson Square. The show featured original designs from the top graduates of The School of Fashion. The designs were exquisite, sublime and quite eclectic, since the fashion design students at The Academy of Art University incorporated their diverse backgrounds in their unique designs. Each designer drew upon his or her own personal best to create the stunning presentation for the New York Fashion Week collection.
Each designer at the New York Fashion Week show held their own individual focus that related strongly to their values. For instance, one of the designers used recycled fabrics in order to promote the importance of sustainability. Some were motivated by significant life events, and still others looked to their great love of nature in the creation of their designs. Whatever the inspiration, each Academy of Art University designer lived up to their highest ideals on the runway for New York Fashion Week.