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When members of the fashion community strut through their fashion-forward lives, usually New York, Paris and Milan the are cities that we’ll frequently find them. Not to be forgotten, San Francisco is slowy making its way onto the coveted high-fashion stage, thanks to The Academy of Art University School of Fashion.
A regular presence at Mercedes Benz Fashion week in New York, The Academy of Art University School of Fashion is a natural face of high-fashion for San Francisco. The school currently enrolls approximately 2,500 fashion students, who study under the guidance of experienced fashion professionals in the School of Fashion. Previous world-renowned guests of the school include fashion heavyweights like Alexander McQueen, Zac Posen, Oscar de la Renta, to name just a few.
At the 2015 Graduation Fashion Show Awards Ceremony on May 14, The School of Fashion at Academy of Art University presented The Council of Fashion Designers of America (The CFDA) with the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Fashion Industry and Fashion Education. “The CFDA not only contributes to the development of the fashion industry in the United States, but it continues to help recognize and support young and emerging designers,” said Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University.
School of Fashion alumna Ryan Roche was honored with the Academy of Art University Distinguished Alumni Award. Roche attended the Academy of Art University where she studied knitwear design, and founded her eponymous line in 2011 after seven years of designing the children’s brand Mor Mor Rita. She’s been featured in American Vogue, British Vogue, Marie Claire and Harper’s Bazaar, among many. Said Roche, “Through this freedom and experimentation, I found my own voice, something that I know more than ever is extremely important in fashion. I am so honored to be receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award.”
Dr. Elisa Stephens enthused, “We are also ecstatic to honor Academy of Art University alumna Ryan Roche, who was a finalist in the 2014 CFDA/VogueFashion Fund. She is a perfect example of a designer who has successfully launched a thriving career.”
The honorees were joined by BCBG’s Lubov Azria and her team who were celebrating the 30th anniversary of the BCBG sister brand, Hervé Leger. In honor of this milestone, School of Fashion students participated in a special industry project for Hervé Leger, collaboratively designing a creative capsule collection of 10 looks that embed the brand’s identity within a self-created, forward-thinking and directional vision.
The fashion show featured collections from students who majored in the areas of Fashion Design, Knitwear Design, Technical Design, Textile Design and Jewelry/Metal Arts. Select M.F.A. and B.F.A. graduating students will present their work to industry professionals and recruiters at the Portfolio Review at the School of Fashion before the fashion show.