The Academy of Art 2012 Graduation Fashion Show & Awards Ceremony was a lively event. Hosted at The Cannery, 2801 Leavenworth Street, the pre-show atmosphere was very lively and fresh, not unlike this new venue of Academy of Art University (AAU). It’s easy to know which of the honored guests of Sarah Burton, H.R.H. Princess Reema Bandar Al-Saud, and Philip Treacy the audience was looking forward the most, and for great reasons. Two of the student designers would win an internship with Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen (yes, I know!). By the night’s end, we learnt that the two student designers chosen were Maria Romero and Zhangchi Wang (more on their collections below).
But I’m getting ahead of the story. The fashion show showcased great talents (as always expected from Academy of Art students), and the quality of their work was just stunning. With a student fashion show at this caliber, sometimes I forgot that these designers were “just” students. Gosh, I can’t wait seeing their work fully featured as professional designers. Kudos to Dr. Elisa Stephens (President of Academy of Art University), Gladys Perint Palmer (Executive Director of the School of Fashion), and Simon Ungless (Director of the School of Fashion), and the rest of the school’s staff for forging the students and produced such high standard of quality year after year. Marvelously done.
Academy of Art University Graduate Fashion Show back in 2007, I was immediately in love with the amazing pool of talents this school gathers. After a long hiatus, I finally was able to come to this year’s May 7 Open House fashion show that was previously showcased two nights before.
When I first came to It is no secret that student fashion shows coming from Academy of Art University (AAU) is always highly anticipated and I’m happy that despite the super windy day (that scared some of the visitors that the huge tent we’re in was going to be blown away), the talents in this school is as high as ever.
Last week, I was fortunate to be around the San Francisco area and got news about this fabulous open house that Academy of Art hosted on April 28. I decided to go there with my photographer boyfriend, and I LOVED it. The open house was complete with free valet parking, free lunch and Starbucks coffee, and a chance to meet Daniel Vosovic from Project Runway 2. Of course, the campus itself was fabulous. Exhibitions from each major were shown continuosly, and people could get reviews of their portfolios of fashion, photography, illustration, among others.
Moreover, there was a fashion show that showcased the works of Academy of Art’s students majoring in fashion. Let me tell you, it was so crowded that spaces between the runway platform and the seats had to be filled; people kept pouring in so that the scheduled 3 pm show finally started around 3:20 pm. So in this post, I would like to share what I saw that day. Since there were 20 collections, I will show only several of my favorite pieces from each collection**. What’s more amazing is that these students created everything from scratch, from garment to jewelry. And they did not know how to sketch or draw at the beginning either. It’s truly amazing what 4 years can make you. Wow.