'Men of Fashion' Honored By Academy of Art University Fashion School

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Alexander McQueen, Christophe Girard, Robert L. Mettler and Wilkes Bashford receive honorary doctorates from Fashion School, Hand Out Student Awards.

the man who made Sutter Street

The Academy of Art University in San Francisco honored its ‘Men of Fashion’ and presented the School of Fashion graduate collections of the Class of 2006 in historical Morgan Auditorium. Academy of Art University President Dr. Elisa Stephens hosted the occasion and presented honorary doctorates to Alexander McQueen, Christophe Girard, Robert L. Mettler and Wilkes Bashford. In addition to receiving their honors, these noted ‘Men of Fashion’ selected graduate stars for internships and honors.

Alexander McQueen, celebrated fashion designer, received an honorary doctorate from the Fashion School and chose three graduates to intern with him in his London studio for three months. They are BFA Knitwear Design Graduate Ji Won Ree, BFA Fashion Design Graduate Alexandra Armstrong Igleheart, and BFA Fashion Design Graduate Stephanie Weaver.

Christophe Girard, Deputy Mayor of Paris Responsible for Culture, and Director of Fashion Strategy of the LVMH Fashion Group, received an honorary doctorate from the Fashion School. He chose BFA Knitwear Design Graduate Yan Li Zhu to intern for three months in Paris at Louis Vuitton women’s RTW with fashion designer Marc Jacobs. He also selected three graduates based on portfolios he viewed during the Static Exhibition before the show, and whose collections were not on the runway, to intern at LVMH in Paris: Pablo Fernandez, MFA Fashion & Knitwear Design, Adrian Chang, BFA Fashion Design graduate, and Soraruk Tikaphanya, BFA Fashion Design graduate.

Robert L. Mettler, Chairman and CEO of Macy’s West, received an honorary doctorate from the Fashion School. He chose collections to be showcased in the 24th Annual Macy’s Passport Fashion Extravaganza, an evening of fashion and compassion to be held in San Francisco from September 19-21st, and Los Angeles on September 28-29th. This is the School of Fashion’s second year of involvement.

The graduate collections chosen to show are:

· Jung-Eun 'Jay' Kim, MFA Fashion and Knitwear

· Jaleh Naasz, MFA Fashion Design

· Heather Guevarra, BFA Fashion Design

· The Jewelry Collaboration Project 2006, which is a collaborative project between MFA Fashion Design graduates and BFA Fine Art Sculpture graduates:

o Chrystal Powell, BFA Fine Art Sculpture

o Patty Chan, MFA Fashion Merchandising

o Meryl Pataky, BFA Fine Art Sculpture

o Tilla Abbit, MFA Fashion Design

o Channing Bui, MFA Fashion Design

o Kyung Min Kim, MFA Fashion Design

o Tara Shannahan, MFA Fashion Design

o Soo Jung Sung, MFA Fashion Design

o Andrea Vence, MFA Fashion Design

o James Donald Yoest, MFA Fashion Design

Wilkes Bashford, “the man who made Sutter Street” with his successful flagship store, also received an honorary doctorate from the School of Fashion. He chose BFA Fashion Design Graduate Yana Galbshtein’s collection of wearable elegance, and also selected her to intern at KITON in Naples, Italy, for three months, where she will work in both men’s and womenswear.

Mr. Bashford also selected collections to showcase in his flagship store at 375 Sutter Street for a two-week period. This honor is from the man who is credited with introducing Ralph Lauren to the West Coast. Graduate collections included those of:

o Yan Li Zhu, BFA Knitwear Design graduate.

o Anna Arguello, BFA Fashion Design graduate.

o Marlene Pixley, BFA Textile Design graduate.

o Jung-Eun 'Jay' Kim, MFA Fashion and Knitwear graduate.

o Ji Won Ree, BFA Knitwear Design graduate.

o Brooke Murphy, BFA Fashion Design, who collaborated with Olga Henry, BFA Knitwear Design.

o Abigail McCannon, BFA Fashion Design graduate.

o Alexandra Armstrong Igleheart, BFA Fashion Design graduate.

o Yana Galbshtein, BFA Fashion Design graduate.

This year's Academy of Art University scholarship recipient is BFA Fashion Design Graduate Anna Arguello.

Also handing out awards was Nordstrom’s Linda Marie Tiliano, who introduced the Nordstrom Product Group Design Internship Program winners. All three are from the Academy of Art University. The competition entailed forecasting future RTW trends by analyzing Haute Couture. The winners are:

o Yoshimi Fukazawa, MFA Fashion Design, who will be designing for Halogen, a Nordstrom private label womenswear brand aimed towards a younger customer.

o Laila Ghorban, BFA Fashion Design, who will be designing for Caslon, a Nordstrom private label womenswear brand.

o Joon Pak, BFA Fashion Design, who will be designing accessories.

About the Academy of Art University (http://www.academyart.edu)

The Academy of Art University was founded in San Francisco in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens. It has expanded to occupy almost 30 buildings in the downtown area, and with an enrollment of approximately 8,700 students, it is the largest private school of art and design in the USA.

For more information about The Academy of Art, see: the advertising school, animation school, architecture school, computer graphic program, fine art college, fashion design school, graphic design schools, illustration school, industrial design college, interior design school, acting schools, photography school, and online art classes.

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