Top Fashion School Launches Student-Produced "one eighty" Magazine During Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York

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Fashion Journalism Students Cover Fashion, Art, Photography and Lifestyle in the 106-page Full-Color Premier Issue

Show Us the Munny, Doll

Academy of Art University announced the September 2008 launch of a new addition to the exciting world of fashion magazines. "one eighty" magazine is produced by the University's Fashion Journalism students and will cover fashion, art, photography, and lifestyle in San Francisco, nationally and internationally. The style magazine offers both onsite and online students the opportunity to publish work and build their portfolios.

"one eighty" will be published twice a year to coincide with two of the University's fashion shows: the September graduate show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York and the April San Francisco Graduation and Awards Ceremony. Ten thousand copies of the premier issue will be distributed at galleries, cafes, museums, and bookstores throughout San Francisco and 1,000 copies at the September 5 graduate show in New York. Distribution will increase with the second issue slated for April 2009. The online fashion magazine website will launch in 2009.

"I congratulate the Fashion Journalism students in creating a magazine of such professional quality. It is a testimony to the caliber of the programs we offer at the University," said Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of the University. "I am excited that online students will have this platform as well as students on campus and I am looking forward to the collaborations across concentrations and departments within the University."

Students collaborated with fashion industry professionals such as Michael Fink, Saks Fifth Avenue Vice President of Women's Fashion, Sari Wynne, fashion photographer for Workgroup Agency, stylist Michael Carbaugh, Examiner.com blogger Dino-Ray Ramos, and Paul Wilner, freelance writer for the Los Angeles Times and former style editor at San Francisco Chronicle.

Fashion School students styled The Creeps, a scooter gang in San Francisco, for the story "Leader of the Pack" as well as produced editorials using collections from alumni such as Sara Shepherd, Justin Kennedy, Quyen Nguyen, Alice Yim and two recent graduates, Ronnie Escalante and Alyssa Prentice, who are presently interning at Chado Ralph Rucci in New York.

In the "Show Us the Munny, Doll" story, design students collaborated with toymaker Kidrobot with great results. Other stories include an interview with fashion designer Koos van den Akker, who set up shop at the University this summer as a resident designer, reviews of Jill Stuart's beauty line, Gus Van Sant's new biopic on Harvey Milk, and an upcoming compilation of work by 1920s Vogue photographer Edward Steichen. Humor was injected through clever style horoscopes and a posthumous interview with Yves Saint Laurent in "Channeling YSL."

The magazine is written, photographed and produced by the students under the direction of Cheryl Locke, Fashion Journalism Coordinator and a former editor for Elle.com and InStyle magazine, and design instructor, Jonathan Kyle Farmer. "Our role was guidance," said Cheryl. "Putting out a magazine is a collaborative effort and I am satisfied that the students gained a deeper understanding in the production process having worked with printers, model agencies, pr companies, designer showrooms, vintage dealers, and of course all the contributors who helped to make the premier issue so great."

About the School of Fashion

Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is the largest accredited private art and design University with nearly 12,000 students onsite as well as nationally and internationally in the growing online program. Over 1,800 students study fashion under the guidance of experienced fashion professionals. The School of Fashion houses ten areas of specialization: Fashion Design for Womenswear, Menswear, and Childrenswear; Technical Design; Textile Design; Knitwear Design; Accessory Design; Costume Design; Fashion Illustration; Fashion Journalism; Fashion Merchandising and Visual Merchandising.

Gladys Perint Palmer, Executive Director of Fashion, is a working journalist and illustrator. In 1998, The Fashion Book (Phaidon Press) named GPP one of 500 people of influence in fashion since 1860. In 2003, Assouline published Fashion People, GPP's book of drawings and irreverent captions. In 2007, GPP's work was included in 100 Years of Illustration by Cally Blackman and the exhibition accompanying the book launch in London. She is honored to contribute her work to Victoria & Albert Museum's 150th Anniversary Album and the exhibition at the V&A in London as only 150 artists were asked to contribute. She is working on her second and third books -- Fashion Bible and You are not on The List.

Simon Ungless, Director of Graduate Fashion, graduated from Central St. Martins School of Art and Design in 1992 and was awarded the prestigious MA Degree in Fashion with Distinction. He collaborated with Alexander McQueen on the first 10 collections shown in London and New York. In 2002, he was named Creative Director of Member Holiday, a Korean-based contemporary brand, launching men's and women's collections with 37 freestanding stores. His experience covers Fashion Design, Textile Design, Forecasting, Brand Development, and Marketing for such clients as Givenchy, Paul Smith, and Versace.

Sharon Murphy, Director of Fashion Merchandising, spent over 25 years in the apparel industry including management positions in sourcing, manufacturing, product development and fashion retailing. She has worked for Esprit de Corp both on a domestic and international level as well as for Jessica McClintock, Inc. with a focus on the development of fabrics and apparel for contemporary, junior and children's markets. She joined the University as an instructor in 2001 and continues to consult with Venice Collaborative to source textiles and related materials for architects and builders of residential projects in Venice, CA.

The University works with international brands and recruitment agencies on internships and job placement. Graduates have gone onto companies such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Alexander McQueen, Azzedine Alaïa, Banana Republic, Blanc de Chine, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Carla Sozzani's 10 Corso Como, Chloe, Diane Von Fürstenberg, Donna Karan, GAP Inc., Jeremy Scott, Kate Spade, KITON, L.A.M.B., Ralph Lauren, Liz Claiborne, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Martin Margiela, Martine Sitbon, Missoni, Nice Collective, Nike, Nordstrom, Northface, Oscar de la Renta, Pamela Dennis, Pottery Barn, Reebok, Ralph Rucci, St. John, Three As Four, Tocca, Viktor & Rolf, Williams Sonoma, Zac Posen and Zandra Rhodes to name a few.

Guests to the School of Fashion have included Azzedine Alaïa, Geoffrey Beene, Rose Marie Bravo, Loulou de la Falaise, Oscar de la Renta, Michael Fink of Saks Fifth Avenue, James Galanos, Christophe Girard, Director of Fashion Strategy, LVMH Fashion Group, Robin Givhan of The Washington Post, Joan Kaner, formerly of Neiman Marcus, Antonio Lopez, Fern Mallis of IMG, Alexander McQueen, Suzy Menkes of The International Herald Tribune, Rosita and Tai Missoni, Isaac Mizrahi, Josie Natori, Zac Posen, Zandra Rhodes CBE, Ralph Rucci, Carla Sozzani, Koos van den Akker, and Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE.

Academy of Art University is a member of WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (Formerly FIDER) (BFA-IAD), and NAAB (M-ARCH).

Academy of Art University School of Fashion
180 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
http://www.academyart.edu / 1.800.544.ARTS (2787)

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