MFA Fashion School Graduates Launch Professional Runway Collections During New York Olympus Fashion Week

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On Saturday, September 9th, MFA fashion graduates will showcase their debut collections in the Bryant Park Tents during New York Olympus Fashion Week. Academy of Art University is the first and only educational institution to promote its recent fashion graduates with this extraordinary opportunity.

On Saturday, September 9th, MFA fashion graduates will showcase their debut collections in the Bryant Park Tents during New York Olympus Fashion Week. Academy of Art University is the first and only educational institution to promote its recent fashion graduates with this extraordinary opportunity.

This season will feature menswear collections from the men’s-specific design program:

  • Pablo Fernandez, a native of Uruguay, incorporates his fashion and knitwear design focus into an avant-garde collection inspired by the early-80s, vintage cartoons and WWI paraphernalia. Pablo was a 2004 CFDA Scholarship Award recipient. In May 2006, Pablo was awarded an internship at Louis Vuitton in Paris for 2007. Pablo’s collection will be showcased on the runway of the 24th Annual Macy’s Passport 2006 in San Francisco and Los Angeles.    
  • Japanese native and cutting-edge fashion designer Masamichi Matsushita collaborates with textile designer Susan Fort to create futuristic prints using organic wool. The “O-Wool by Jasco” organic wool has been donated by Vermont Organic Fiber Company. Their collection will be showcased on the runway of the 24th Annual Macy’s Passport 2006 in San Francisco and Los Angeles.            

Womenswear collections include:

  • Laurie Brown takes inspiration from the exaggerated proportions of European expressionist painter Ego Schiele and Balenciaga’s design structure and volume of the 60s. Laurie collaborates with textile designer Jun Young Ryu.    
  • India native Avani Pratap Bhansali takes inspiration from the intricacies of Persian art. She incorporates layers of armor and texture of architecture into her designs, which will be shown on the runway of the 24th Annual Macy’s Passport 2006 in San Francisco and Los Angeles.    
  • Shanti Rose Markstrom’s hand-detailed collection takes inspiration from Commedia del’arte and Victorian circus performers as well as French artists Jean-Antoine Watteau and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.            
  • Japanese fashion designer Mari Matsumoto incorporates her understanding of Japanese clothing and the kabuki way of styling into her collaborative collection with Korean textile designer Kyung Min Kim. Kyung’s textiles follow Mari’s journey from grief to growth following the death of her mother. Mari and Kyung were featured in a two-page spread in the Summer 2006 issue of Art Works Magazine.

Academy of Art University upholds its commitment to educate designers on environmentally sound practices. This sustainable program is put into practice through Masamichi Matsushita’s use of organic wool as well as Christine Welcher’s womenswear collection. Christine collaborates with textile designer Lydia Timken creating prints using organic color-grown cottons.

School of Fashion 2006 Highlights:

  • In April, Honorable Betrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris toured the School of Fashion and was honored at a luncheon where he announced that the “Academy of Art University is the most prestigious school and the fashion department is the most famous in the United States.”
  • CFDA Scholarship Committee Grand Prize winner nationally.
  • Target / CFDA Design Initiative Competition Grand Prize winner nationally, receiving a one-year paid internship with Target.
  • Nordstrom Product Group Design Internship Program chose all three of its winners from the School of Fashion from their west coast search.
  • Old Navy Summer Internship Program chose three students from their national search.
  • In October, student collections will be shown in Shanghai.
  • In September, student collections will be shown in Macy’s Passport 24th Annual Fashion Extravaganza in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

School of Fashion houses five specialized areas:

1. Fashion Design for Womenswear, Menswear, and Childrenswear

2. Textile Design

3. Knitwear Design

4. Fashion Merchandising and Visual Merchandising

5. Fashion Communications

BFA degrees offered online in all areas except knitwear and textiles.

The University works with international brands and recruitment agencies for the development of job placement. Eighty percent of graduates work in the art and design field within a year. Graduates have gone on to work with companies including Azzedine Alaïa, Banana Republic, Burberry, Oscar de la Renta, Pamela Dennis, GAP, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, KITON, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Martin Margiela, Missoni, Alexander McQueen, Nike, Zandra Rhodes, Jeremy Scott, Martine Sitbon, Carla Sozzani’s 10 Corso Como, Target, Tocca, Williams Sonoma, Viktor & Rolf, Diane Von Fürstenberg, and Louis Vuitton.

Academy of Art University is nationally accredited by ACICS, NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (Formerly FIDER), (BFA-IAD), and NAAB - Candidate Status (M-ARCH). More information is available at AAU’s fashion school, or online fashion programs department.

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