Academy of Art University

The largest art school in the county is the Academy of Art University. The school has a student body of around 13,000 students with around 300 full time and 1,200 part time teachers. The school was founded in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens and originally was called the Academy of Advertising Art. Today, the school participates in a biannual fashion runway event. The most recent event that the Academy of Art University participated in was in September of 2017. This event was held at Skylight Clarkson Square and was the schools 21st runway. In the event, fashion designers from this school showcased an outfit that they had recently created. Each of the designers discussed a little bit about their creations. They talked about what they used to make them and what inspired them to do so. Some also discussed where they were born and raised which showcased the amazing diversification of the designers. One of the designers goes by the name of Hailun Zhou. Hailun was born in Qing Dao, China. She stated that her inspiration in creating her outfit came from photographs she had captured for one of her classes. Through this, she created dresses made from Vinyl and PVC materials. The next designer was Eden Slezin. Eden was inspired by his observation of life and love in the city. He used various material ranging from denim to old rubber bike tubes to create his outfit. Next was Dina Marie Lam. Dina used her the inspiration of her emotions to fuel her project. Her aunt had passed in recent times and this took a toll on her. She wanted to create an outfit that symbolized transition. She choose warm and comfortable materials when making her outfit. Carlos Rodriguez was another designer who showcased an outfit in the runway. Carlos was born in Mexico City, Mexico. His outfit focused on embroidery. He used hand and machine techniques in creating his outfit. Saya Shen out of Beijing, China was another designer in the runway. She used puffy silhouettes to symbolize swaying trees and ocean waves that she photographed in San Francisco.

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