The University was established in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens as Advertising firm. The name changed to Academy of Art College then to Academy of Art University. It is a private, profitable institution based in San Francisco, California.
The founder headed the institution until 1951 when his son took over who later left it to his daughter. Its student numbers have grown since she took over. It has more than 12,000 students, 283 full-time teachers, and 1,154 part-time teaching staff.
The school operates an automobile museum that has some of the worlds expensive and seldom cars whose value is over $70 million. Most of them belong to the founder’s family. Female students are the majority. The University participates in New York Fashion week twice a year since 2005, offering an opportunity for new talents to shine.
On the runway, the designer has the chance to showcase the dynamic ideas and techniques before their colleagues, peers, professional designers as well as the whole world online. The recent runway was the 21st, held at Skylight Clarkson square in September 2017. The designers explained the insights that motivated them to come up with the designs.
A class road trip inspired a student. She ended up making pieces from vinyl, PVC, and fabrics together. Another designer was motivated by the love for vintage denim and individuality celebrated in San Francisco, and then used organic denim, recycled bicycle tubes, and extra fabrics to create a fashionable look.
From the dark moments of mourning her aunt, Dina was inspired by the deep emotions and wanted to portray a transitional feel in her design. She used luxurious and soft fabric to make her outfit. In another configuration, traditional and machine embroidery techniques were employed to add the details and feel of the costumes. For a designer to make a warm garment, knitwear can be made using wool blends as it also gives comfort.
All of the fashion students behind these ideas ended up as outstanding interns in fashion companies or were chosen for CFDA fashion future showcase or as a finalist for CFDA Elaine Gold Launch Pad.