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New York fashion has buzzed by in blink of an eye, but the bustling city sets the stage for the world-wide fashion shows to come. Who better to display the cutting edge of high-fashion than The School of Fashion at Academy of Art University, which chooses eight students to debut their thesis collections at New York Fashion Week each year. The Spring 2016 show marked the 10th anniversary of the School of Fashion’s first showing at New York Fashion Week.
This year, the Academy chose Liz Li, Bom Kim, Wenhan Yuan, Max Lu, Jingci Jessie Wang, Ruone Yan, Livia Bianda and Mehrzad Hemati. Academy students created sculptural looks with a juxtaposition of textiles that included linens, metallics, hand painted fabrics, embroidery, cotton, suit fabrics and paper textured fabrics among many.
“This season’s designers have created collections that are concentrated on minimalism, tending to the contour and structure of the garments,” said Simon Ungless, Executive Director of the School of Fashion. “They have shifted their focus away from embellishment and on to the purity of the silhouette by the craft in which they shape and proportion the clothes. This type of constructive tailoring is an inventive way to appreciate the human figure, which elevates the nature and art of their designs.”
The School of Fashion first presented collections at New York Fashion Week in September 2005, showing annually from 2005 to 2007. To give more students the opportunity to show their collections in New York, in 2008 the School of Fashion expanded its Fashion Week presence and began showing both Spring and Fall collections, a practice it has continued ever since.
“In the decade since our first presentation at New York Fashion Week the show has gained momentum, growing in size and in the caliber of fashion professionals, designers, recruiters and media who attend,” said Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University. “We are committed to helping our students launch their careers, and we are honored to give students a platform of this magnitude to present their work as fashion industry professionals.”