The Academy of Art University is a privately owned art school based out of San Francisco, California and was founded in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens, it was originally purposed for training artist to work in advertising, which would be obvious to anyone who knew it had a previous name, The Academy of Advertising Art.
It wasn’t until Stephens’ grand-daughter, Elisa Stephens, took over in 1992 when the school really started to blossom. She not only expanded the school’s number of students by 9 fold, in 2005 she changed the direction of the school forever when she entered her students in the New York Fashion show. They were a huge success.
Fashion is far from being the only attraction of The Academy of Art University. Alumni of the school have went on to work for Hollywood blockbusters such as Boss Baby, Ferdinand, and the newest Star Wars films. The school also participates in the NCAA Division II in several sports and has an impressive car museum consisting of over 200 unique and custom vehicles.
As great as it sounds to have so many successful students working in Hollywood, it is definitely the fashion department that draws this college the most attention.
Hailun Zhou, a student at the college debuted a unique peace on stage, a futuristic silver and blank women’s outfit that looked like it belonged in a sci-fi movie rather than on the stage during New York Fashion Week.
Teaming together, Joanna Jadellah and Cana Klebanoff went the direct opposite way. Using a very loose stitching and rustic colors they created a man’s garment that appeared to be pulled from ages long passed. Cana, who was raised in New Jersey, explained that their inspiration was drawn from the ancient Japanese samurai and the architecture of medieval castles.
The Academy of Art University certainly showed why they are the past, present and the future of fashion design at last years New York Fashion Week.