Academy of Art University Fashion School Announces 2007 Honorary Doctorate Recipients

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Fashion icon Loulou de la Falaise, Pulitzer Prize winning fashion editor, Robin Givhan of The Washington Post, and fashion designer Zac Posen

We strive to give our students every opportunity possible to learn and become more informed about the fashion world.

The School of Fashion at Academy of Art University in San Francisco will honor fashion icon Loulou de la Falaise, Pulitzer Prize winning fashion editor, Robin Givhan of The Washington Post, and fashion designer Zac Posen on Friday, April 27, 2007 at its Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony.

The guests of honor will each receive a Doctor of Humane Letters for their contribution to the world of Art and Design from University president Dr. Elisa Stephens.

"We are honored to have three very important fashion industry leaders," said Dr. Elisa Stephens. "We strive to give our students every opportunity possible to learn and become more informed about the fashion world."

The guests of honor will address the student body in a panel discussion and later view portfolios and design work, as they often select interns and new hires.

In 2006, the University honored the 'Men of Fashion,' which included Alexander McQueen, Wilkes Bashford, Christophe Girard, Deputy Mayor of Paris and Director of LVMH Fashion Group, and Robert L. Mettler, Chairman & CEO of Macy's West.

The School of Fashion takes pride in bringing important fashion leaders to the University for the student body to gain firsthand knowledge of the fashion industry from those who have succeeded in their various roles including design, merchandising, and journalism. Additional guests of honor have included Azzedine Alaïa; Wilkes Bashford; Rose Marie Bravo; Oscar de la Renta; Joan Kaner, formerly of Neiman Marcus; Alexander McQueen; Rosita and Tai Missoni; Zandra Rhodes CBE; Carla Sozzani; and Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE.

Thursday, April 26th
3:00 PM - Fashion Symposium
Venue: Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street
Panel includes:

  • Loulou de la Falaise
  • Robin Givhan
  • Zac Posen
  • Maria Cornejo, fashion designer
  • Charlotte Lurot, director of Bacchus PR in London

Friday, April 27th
3:00 PM - Graduation Fashion Show - Open to all students, staff and public.
Venue: 601 Brannan Street @ 5th Street

7:00 PM - Industry Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony - By invitation only.
Venue: 601 Brannan Street @ 5th Street

Internship Award Announcements:
Internship Selection: Zac Posen, Maria Cornejo, and Nordstrom design internship.

Saturday, April 28th
3:00 PM - Fashion Show - Open to all students, staff and public.
Venue: 601 Brannan Street @ 5th Street
Special guest from Bravo TV's Project Runway.

About Academy of Art University School of Fashion

Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is the largest accredited private art and design school in the US with 10,000 students throughout San Francisco as well as nationally and internationally through the online program. Over 1,200 fashion majors study under the guidance of experienced fashion professionals, many of whom graduated from Central St. Martins, Royal College of Art, and Parsons School of Design.

The School of Fashion houses five areas of specialization: Fashion Design for Womenswear, Menswear, and Childrenswear; Textile Design; Knitwear Design; Fashion Communications; Fashion Merchandising and Visual Merchandising.

The University works with international brands and recruitment agencies for the development of job placement. 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, Tocca, Williams Sonoma, Viktor & Rolf, Diane Von Fürstenberg, and Louis Vuitton to name a few.

Academy of Art University is nationally accredited by ACICS, NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (Formerly FIDER) (BFA-IAD), and NAAB (M-ARCH).

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